Aquarium Drunkard: Sidecar/May 15, 2020
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The Lagniappe Sessions: Lola Kirke
For her first ever Lagniappe Session, singer/songwriter/actress Lola Kirke takes to interpreting R&B, pop, and country classics by Irma Thomas, Madonna, Gary Stewart, and Samantha Mathis.
Hear Albums from Brian Eno’s 1970s Label, Obscure Records
Happy 72nd birthday to Brian Eno. Looking for an interesting day of listening in his honor? Tune into this archive of his Obscure Records series, which issued "contemporary classical" music by Gavin Bryars, Michael Nyman, Harold Budd, Penguin Cafe Orchestra, and more. "The label provided a venue for experimental music and its association with Eno gave increased public exposure to its composers and musicians," writes the archivist at Ubuweb.
An Evening In Mono (A Medley)
Zach Cowie brings a mix dedicated to the memory of late audiophile Art Dudley. For those unfamiliar with the name, Art was a hi-fi writer best known for his work in Listener Magazine and Stereophile. Even amongst the eccentric bunch that is the audiophile community, Art was especially unusual—where most of his colleagues reached for Norah Jones and Diana Krall LP’s as references discs in reviews, art was spinning the Incredible String Band. Which brings us to this mix...in tribute to Art Dudley, here are tunes from some of my favorite mono LPs recorded using an emt 930 turntable with a Miyajima zero mono cartridge on a 12” Schick tonearm fed into a Miyajima etr-mono step up transformer and a Shindo Monbrison preamp.
A Heroic Life (2010)
Streaming recc: Here's one we tucked into shortly after this lockdown began, French writer/director Joann Sfar's 2010 surreal Serge Gainsbourg biopic, Gainsbourg (Vie héroïque). If you've already ingested author Sylvie Simmons (essential) Serge bio -- the masterfully titled, A Fistful Of Gitanes -- then you're aware of the major plot points dotting the iconoclast's life. But hold on! In Sfar's hands, these are touched on but in an absurdists way not dissimilar to the work of compatriot Michel Gondry.
In a just world the film's papier-mâché Serge shadow self would have been THE Halloween costume of 2010. If we're all out of the house by this October, perhaps we can rectify that a decade later. You in?
A Home Away From Home, Vol. 1: Brazilian Covers of International Pop & Rock Hits
There’s something really comforting about a cover song…familiar while still feeling fresh, soothing and confounding at the same time. As a collectors and lovers of Brazilian music and music inspired by Brazilian sounds, we pulled together a (nearly) two-hour mix of some of our favorite Brazilian covers of international (read: American and U.K.) pop and rock hits, mostly from the late sixties through the mid-seventies in terms of the source material. It kicks off with a three song tribute to Bill Withers and half-way through there’s a nine-song string of Beatles’ covers, because everyone loves the Beatles, especially Caetano.