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Aquarium Drunkard: Sidecar/April 29, 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 what we're doing? Here's how: Patreon. Pledge, land exclusive merch, and support independent media. Let's dig in. 

John Coltrane: Coltrane '58: The Prestige Recordings

This is what's happening ...John Coltrane ’58: The Prestige Recordings. After he kicked heroin for good in 1957, the saxophonist attacked his instrument with extraordinary focus... his first true attempt to will his sax into new territory. Coltrane ’58: The Prestige Recordings compiles every song Coltrane cut as a bandleader in that pivotal year, and captures him at a crucial stage in his journey.

1970s Japanese Jazz Mixtape 3 / Jazz-funk, Soul Jazz, Fusion & Beyond

These are not to be missed. The culmination of the Osaka based selector Dckn’s three-part exploration mining the various sub-strains of Japanese jazz in the 1970s. And be sure to dig into volumes one, and two...

Videodrome: "Breathless" (1983) 

This movie is trashy great. Based on Jean-Luc Godard's 1960 film À bout de souffleBreathless dropped in 1983 flanked by Richard Gere at his zaniest. Gere plays Jesse Lujack, a petty thief in smog-kissed L.A.—albeit, a petty thief who takes cosmic life lessons from The Silver Surfer, has a Jerry Lee Lewis obsession, and exquisite taste in stolen cars. You can tell Tarantino studied this one (heavily) as a youth. Oh, and the soundtrack features not only the Killer, but Brian Eno, Phillip Glass, Link Wray, X, and more. PS—one of the greatest ending scenes ever.

Joshua Abrams & Natural Information Society: Mandatory Reality

Slow down. That’s the message that pulses, softly, insistently, and repeatedly, through the runtime of Mandatory Reality, the new album from composer and bassist Joshua Abrams and his group Natural Information Society: “For me, it gives the musicians the opportunity to slow down, to try and take the approach of savoring what we’re building together. If we can get to that space, you notice the focus broadens and zooms in at the same time.”

Sir Shina Peter & His International Stars: Sewele

The record has a kind of strange outsider art beauty about it that’s welcoming and inviting in its eccentricity. Big buoyant rhythms humming about streaks of strange nocturnal neon splendor. The Stars’ spaced-out soul mingling casually with their earnest and lo-fi approach to highlife garage rock.

Over at the Washington Post, Deanna Paul writes about how angry pilots got the Navy to stop dismissing UFO sightings, prompting "formal procedures for pilots to document encounters, a corrective measure that former officials say is long overdue." 

Bandcamping: Spring Quarter 2019  // 10 recommended Releases

Forget the pollen count, our quarterly Bandcamping roundup is back for Spring 2019. As a digital institution it’s hard to beat Bandcamp. It’s ridiculously easy to use, it puts money directly into artists’ (and labels’) pockets and there’s a seemingly endless amount of music to discover there — new, old and in-between. Of course, that endlessness can be a little overwhelming, so here are 10 recommended releases to dig into.

Craig Finn's I Need a New War: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview

I Need a New War brings to end the trilogy Craig Finn started in 2015 with Faith in the Future and continued with 2017’s We All Want the Same Things, a triptych sidestepping the hard rock glory of Finn’s band the Hold Steady in favor of quieter, more introspective sounds and stories. Finn’s always written about hard luck characters, but increasingly, his lens centers more on the aftermath of the action than the action itself.

Rolling Thunder Logbook: Sam Shepard

With news out that Martin Scorcese's ‘Rolling Thunder’ Bob Dylan doc will hit Netflix June 12th,  it's as good a time as any to revisit Sam Shepard's remarkable 1977 book, an "impressionistic Rolling Thunder Logbook of life on the road. Illuminated by forty candid photographs by official tour photographer Ken Regan, Shepard's mental-snap shots capture the camaraderie, isolation, head games, and pill-popping mayhem of the tour, providing a window into Dylan's singular talent, enigmatic charisma, and vision of America." 

Outré California. Every Wednesday night & on-demand. The Aquarium Drunkard Show. SIRIUS/XMU, channel 35,

34.0522° N, 118.2437° W

Episode 563 (April 24): Intro ++ Masao Yagi – Sukeban M-2 ++ Akiko Yano – Funamachi-Uta Part 2 ++ Shintaro Sakamoto – From The Dead ++ Shuggie Otis – XL-30 > Aht Uh Mi Hed ++ Susumu Yokota – Lapis Lazuli ++ Michael Nau – No Quit To It ++ CAVE – Beaux ++ Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy w/ Tortoise – Cravo É Canela ++ Sunwatchers – Ancestors (Aquarium Drunkard Session) ++ King Khan & The Shrines – Que Lindo Sueño ++ Peter Tosh Interview 1979 ++Ween – Reggaejunkijew ++ Yves Jarvis – Curtain of Rain ++ Jessica Pratt – Opening Night > As The World Turns ++ Tim Buckley – Strange Feelin’ ++ Sibylle Baier – Softly ++ Kenso – Naibu Eno Tukikage ++ Andre Tschaskowski – Moonset 2 (AD Edit) ++ Sibylle Baier – Wim ++ Pink Mountaintops – Atmosphere ++ ZNR – Barricade 3 ++ The Velvet Underground – Sad Song ++ White Fence – Between Us (Aquarium Drunkard Session) ++ White Fence – Allison Road (Aquarium Drunkard Session) ++ White Fence – If He Changed My Name (Aquarium Drunkard Session) ++ Damien Jurado – Return To Maraqopa ++ Mega Bog – Diary of A Rose ++ OMNI – Delicacy ++ Yellow Fever – Culver City ++ Jah Wobble & Evan Parker – Giving up the Ghost ++ Merit Hemmingson – Brudmarsch efter Florsen i Burs ++ Blossom Dearie – That’s Just The Way I Want To Be ++ Amen Dunes – Satudarah ++ Steve Gunn – Astro Zombies (Aquarium Drunkard Session) ++ Steve Gunn – Among The Trees (Aquarium Drunkard Session)

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