Aquarium Drunkard: Sidecar/July 8, 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.
David Berman: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview
Over the last thirty years, rock music has produced few figures as mysterious and inscrutable as David Berman. When the Silver Jews/Purple Mountains songwriter gets on the phone with Aquarium Drunkard, speaking from an apartment above Drag City’s offices in Chicago, he’s immediately warm and welcoming. Over an hour-long conversation, he didn’t dodge any questions nor throw any smoke bombs and disappear...Even still, we knew better than to take everything he said at face value.
Stevie Wonder: Musikladen, 1974
With news that Stevie taking a break from the road for an upcoming kidney transplant, we want to wish the genius well, and there's no better way to reflect on his power than by hitting play on this essential 1974 television performance.
Randy Newman: WPLJ FM Radio Session / New York City – August, 1971
Another broadcast for the slow-motion summer weeks. Stripped down, solo piano. The session highlights material culled from Newman’s first two albums, and showcases tracks from his next full-length, 1972’s Sail Away.
Bandcamp: Summer 2019 Edition
Alright, as we settle in for what looks to be a long, hot summer, dig into this latest installment of Bandcamping, our regular cruise through Bandcamp’s ever-expanding offerings. Skip the middleman and put some cash directly into artists’ and labels’ pockets. Hear a new world!
Alasdair Roberts: The Evernew Tongue
On September 13th, Alasdair Roberts releases his new album, The Fiery Margin, via the venerable Drag City label. To mark to the occasion, guitarist and archivist Nathan Salsburg headed to Aquarium Drunkard to discuss “The Evernew Tongue,” the first selection shared from the forthcoming lp: “…a jeremiad against the all-too-familiar ‘mocking whine of demagogues…. quick to mock and slow to bless,’ hollered from amid the revelry of the changing year and among the small comforts of home.”
A Rock Star Was Asked What God's Voice Sounds Like. His Answer Is Beautiful
"I felt ministered to. That's the only word I can use to describe it. It's a trusted authority figure sitting down next to you and saying, 'Listen I know things are bleak but it's in your own best interest to keep your eyes on what is beautiful and sustaining." Over at CNN, Aquarium Drunkard's Jason P. Woodbury speaks to the grace of Nick Cave's Red Hand Files.
The Lagniappe Sessions: Mega Bog
The songwriting vehicle of Erin Birgy, Mega Bog bathes in the multiplicity of the human condition via an ever-eccentric blend of oblique pop experimentalism. Anchored by Birgy’s ethereal yet fixed vocals, sonically, the project leans as deftly into Badalamenti-esque jazz-scapes as it does biting, angular art-rock.
For this installment of the Lagniappe Sessions, Mega Bog pays homage to the late British painter, poet, and musician, Lady June, by way of “Gemini” — a 1980 collaboration with Kevin Ayers and Ollie Halsall. Followed is a delicate and ripened rendering of Yukihiro Takahashi’s “Drip Dry Eyes”; a cornerstone off the Japanese musician’s 1981 solo outing, Neuromantic. The set concludes with a floating, reverent, take on the 1980 Kate Bush single, “Army Dreamers” — a song curiously banned by the BBC at the outset of the first Gulf War.
Dolphine, Mega Bog’s fifth, and best long-player is out now courtesy of Paradise of Bachelors. The artist’s notes on her choice of covers are live at AD.
Perhaps you've heard: Mad Magazine, which introduced multiple generations to satire, absurdity, and dogged irreverence, is closing up shop at the behest of publisher DC Comics. The ever-reliable Open Culture has a ton of Mad content, perfect for soothing the sadness of a passing era.
Playing Dumb: A Richard Swift Mixtape
Last week marked the one-year anniversary of the death of Richard Swift. So let's do like the man taught us and spin his 54-minute Aquarium Drunkard mixtape Playing Dumb, sourced from his personal 45 collection, laid down at National Freedom Studios in Cottage Grove, OR.
Hot as a roman candle, cool as a case of watery domestics. The Aquarium Drunkard Show. Tonight’s episode… askew, faded impressions of The Old, Weird America.
SIRIUS 572 (July 3): Intro ++ Bob Dylan – Beyond Here Lies Nothin’ ++ Guano Padano – Guano Padano ++ Guano Padano – Ramblin’ Man ++ Bill Callahan – America! ++ Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – Beware Your Only Friend ++ Bob Dylan – One More Cup Of Coffee ++ Van Morrison – Madame George (Original Mono Mix) ++ Ry Cooder – I’m A Fool For A Cigarette / Feelin’ Good ++ JJ Cale – Let’s Go To Tahiti ++ Jerry Garcia & Merle Saunders – After Midnight (At The Keystone) ++ Little Feat – Strawberry Flats ++ Leon Russell & Marc Benno – Hello, Little Friend ++ J.J. Cale – Hey Baby ++ Grateful Dead – Introduction > Help On The Way/Slipknot > Franklin’s Tower (13.8.75) ++ Abrigada – A Tribute To Joe Raposo ++ The Band – Strawberry Wine ++ Damien Jurado & Richard Swift – Hello Sunshine ++ Cotton Jones – Had Not A Body ++ Gillian Welch – My First Lover ++ MMJ – Evelyn Is Not Real ++ Phosphorescent – A Picture of Our Torn Up Praise ++ Bob Dylan – New Pony ++ Rolling Stones – Hey Negrita ++ Dr. John – Same Old, Same Old ++ Tom Waits – Emotional Weather Report (Ivanhoe Theater, 1976) ++ Tony Owens – I Got Soul ++ James Booker – Medley: Slow Down/Bony Maronie/Knock On Wood/Grapevine/Classified ++ Chuck Berry – Louisiana
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