It's time for another issue of our weekly newsletter, Sidecar. A round up of this week at Aquarium Drunkard, pop culture recommendations, and more.
Cleve Alleyne's Force 3 :: Remember Where You Came From
Armchair funk residing in the same universe as Herbie Hancock’s transitory explorations before remaking his identity with Headhunters in 1973—an organic merging of pop music with jazz and funk tropes that, despite feeling experimental, remains palatable to a broad audience.
The Color Green :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview
Arriving July 22 via AD and Org Music, Color Green’s full-length debut is music of absolute forward motion, meant to be played from open car windows no matter the speed you’re traveling. The songs nod reverently to their forebears—from the Allmans-tinged sunshine of “Ill Fitting Suit” to the JJ Cale taillight lament of “Ruby”—before tossing up a wave and taking the whole show a little further down the road. With another record in the works and a road-tested band behind them, we caught up with Noah Kohll and Corey Madden as their Color Green hive mind ambles steadily toward its next incarnation.
Charles Stepney :: That's the Way of the World (Home Demo)
Step on Step presents soul and funk producer Charles Stepney alone and in the basement, working with drum machines and synths to craft sounds that feel remarkably modern. Take his embryonic version of “That’s the Way of the World,” an eventual hit for Earth, Wind & Fire: its lo-fi instrumental glory shines as brightly as a heart on fire.
Lael Neale :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview
Singer/songwriter Lael Neale sits down at Schubas Tavern in Chicago to discuss her album Acquainted with Night, her collaborator Guy Blakeslee of Entrance Band, and where she’s going next.
Transmissions :: Vish Khanna
Transmissions with Canadian podcaster, broadcaster, music journalist, and music lifer Vish Khanna. He’s the host of the long running and inspirational Kreative Kontrol, a podcast dedicated to creativity, which has featured talks with people like Will Oldham, members of Pavement, Sonic Youth, Warren Ellis of The Bad Seeds, Jeff Tweedy, Ian MacKaye, and many others. Khanna and host Jason P. Woodbury embark on a revealing conversation about niche music podcasting and creative process.
Weed & Molasses :: Little Feat | Live at WLIR Ultrasonic Studios, April 10, 1973
The band’s live recording at WLIR in Long Island on April 10, 1973 is undoubtedly one of the great early Feat bootlegs, and perhaps only rivaled by the following year’s performance at the very same studio on September 19, 1974 (now officially released as Electrif Lycanthrope: Live at Ultra-Sonic Studios, 1974). Fresh from the recording sessions for Dixie Chicken, this 1973 set is red hot.
Lagniappe Sessions :: Al Riggs
For their first ever Lagniappe Session, North Carolina songwriter/singer/producer Al Riggs takes on songs by The Who, Liz Phair, and Hidden Cameras.
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