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Aquarium Drunkard: Sidecar/March 2, 2020

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. 

Digging Deep With Damien Jurado 

On May 1st, Damien Jurado releases his 15th studio album, What's New, Tomboy? Ahead of its release, he joins AD in the Dutch city of Nijmegen to share a new song and discuss how songs find him as opposed to the other way around, how he personally connects the Circle Jerks, Little Richard, and Space Ace, and the record he'd most like to see reissued.  

Herbie Hancock Mwandishi Band: Studio de Joinville le Pont / Paris, France 1972

“Jazz Harmonie” French television performance. Recorded March 23, 1972 at Studio de Joinville le Pont in Paris, France. The Mwandishi Band: Herbie Hancock, Bennie Maupin, Julian Priester, Eddie Henderson, Buster Williams, Billy Hart

Brigid Mae Power: On a City Night

Brigid Mae Power returns with her third long player, Head Above the Water, on June 5th. The first taste from the record—the lush “On a City Night”—is an organ and pedal steel-soaked country shuffle. Plaintively furtive in its imagery, the tune plays like a deceptive still life; its characters in a state of suspended animation while the world blurs in motion. The sonic palette is painted in broad strokes, a wider canvas for Power in comparison to the stark, Gothic folk of her previous outings. The full band effort gives this new work a more golden, pastoral hue: the playing of a fiddle like the coming of dawn.

White Heaven: Out

Originally released by the P.S.F. label in 1991, Out is blown-out bliss from start to finish...Forget psychedelic. This is just one of the greatest rock albums ever recorded.

And Then One Day: A Guide to the Music of Carla Bley

Winston Cook Wilson provides an overview of composer's multifaceted career, viewing her records as "microcosms of a musical personality that is exceptionally difficult to distill."

On Being: Jill Tarter — It Takes a Cosmos to Make a Human Being

Krista Tippet of the On Being Project in conversation with SETI researcher and Contact inspiration Jill Tarter. A wide-ranging talk, centered on the possibility that we are not alone in the universe, how what humans consider life is too often bound to our own limited understanding of the topic, and how it's possible that life traveled from planet to planet within our own solar system. "So this cosmic point of view — seeing yourself in a much larger context of both space and time — is, I think, really going to be fundamental to us having a long future. I think that Caleb Scharf, who’s the chairman of the astrobiology department at Columbia, has a lovely phrase like one of Philip Morrison’s. He says that on a finite world — and the Earth is definitely finite — a cosmic perspective is not a luxury, it’s actually a necessity. So I keep trying to encourage people to think about themselves in a larger framework."

Oh, and while we're on the subject of space, how about this? NASA officials 'baffled' after space cameras catch UFO following ISS for over 20 minutes. 


Lagniappe Sessions: Yann Tiersen

There’s a lot happening in the collective works of Yann Tiersen. Initially inspired by Einstürzend Neubauten, Throbbing Gristle and other post-punk/industrial groups, Tiersen’s music would soon grow further nuanced, moving in more subtle directions. It’s this which makes the approach to his Lagniappe Session all the more interesting, in how he turns that very direction on its head. Original pieces that could be described as minimalist are uprooted and placed into entirely different realms, as Tiersen tackles a 16+ minute Steve Reich piece, a classic Françoise Hardy chanson, and a tune by country gospel musician E.C. Ball. In the hands of Tiersen all become transformed. 

Real Estate: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview 

Real Estate are not elder statesmen, though longevity is always at a premium in the music industry. Some make it last by sticking to their guns, churning out songs repetitive in subject, sound and emotion. Others look for the little reinventions that keep dedicated and expanding audiences coming back while also reinvigorating the creators. The Main Thing, the group’s with record, is not a departure—it is the continuation of the laud-worthy evolution of a band that will never fully settle down, who continue to push their own boundaries. The Main Thing finds the band charting new ground, at times by looking inwards and at times by looking back. Aquarium Drunkard reached the band’s Martin Courtney by phone, to discuss how memory, touring, and a decade-plus as a group influenced the subjects of their latest LP.


Message To The Messengers. The Aquarium Drunkard Show. SIRIUS/XM radio ~ Channel 35. Wednesdays / 7pm California time + on-demand. 

SIRIUS 603 (February 26): Jean Michel Bernard – Generique Stephane ++ Quincy Jones – Hummin’ ++ Harare – Give ++ Jingo – Keep Holding On (pt. 1) ++ Dwight Sykes – Bye ++ Alton Memela – The Things We Do In Soweto ++ The Montgomery Express – The Montgomery Express ++ The 4th Coming – Cruising Down The Street ++ Trinidad & Tobago Steel Band – Do Your Thing ++ Lafayette Afro-Rock Band – Hihache ++ Juan Pablo Torres – Son A Propulsion ++ Arthur Russell – Make 1, 2 ++ Les Loups Noirs – Pile Ou Face ++ The Shades Of Black – Mystery Of Black, Pt. I ++ Fela Kuti – This Is Sad ++ Tony Sarfo & The Funky Afrosibi – I Beg ++ JD and The Evil’s Dynamite Band – Everglades Part 2 ++ Amral’s Trinidad Cavaliers – It Sure Is Funky ++ Dungen – Franks Kaktus ++ Gloria Ann Taylor – How Can You Say It ++ Unique Madoo – Call Me Nobody Else ++ Fatback Band – Goin’ To See My Baby ++ Gil Scott-Heron – Message To The Messengers ++ Can – I Want More ++ Faust – It’s A Rainy Day, Sunshine Girl ++ Symphonic Four – Who Do You Think You’re Fooling (Part II) ++ Mulatu Astatke – Mulatu ++ Dutch Rhythm And Steel Show Band – Down By The River ++ Serge Gainsbourg – Des Laids Des Dubs ++ Trinidad Steel Drummers – Cissy Strut ++ Mosco Tiles Fonclaire Steel Orchestra – Black Man’s Cry ++ Jake Wade & The Soul Searchers – Searchin’ For Soul ++ Bembeya Jazz National – Petit Sekou collage / m hentz

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