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Aquarium Drunkard: Sidecar/April 6, 2020

Welcome to Sidecar, Aquarium Drunkard's weekly dispatch of audio esoterica, interviews, mixtapes, and cultural ephemera. Want to support AD? Here's how: Patreon. Pledge, get cool stuff, and support independent media. Let's dig in.

Aquarium Drunkard: Moving Pictures 

Ether access basement broadcasts. Transmitting from the hills of Glassell Park, Calif., welcome to episode one of the Aquarium Drunkard picture show. Featuring: Dungen / Cave / Mwandishi Band / Devendra Banhart / L’Eclair / Can / John Martyn / Serge Gainsbourg / Pink Floyd & more...Produced by Justin Gage, animated by Mark Neeley, edited by Chelsea Wullenweber. 

Radio Free Aquarium Drunkard: Broadcasting 24/7

A reminder, we've launched some worldwide online audio balm. 24/7 pirate radio. Spinning sounds right now—weekly shows, including Personal Sky, Generalism, Range & Basin, and more, airing this week. Tune in. 

The Lagniappe Sessions: Julien Gasc 

For this week’s installment of the Lagniappe Sessions, songwriter Julian Gasc chose a fitting selection of tunes that feels something like a stripped-down companion piece to his debut lp, ‘L’Appel de la Forêt’. Now at Aquarium Drunkard, the Toulouse, France-based troubadour covers Marie Laforêt, The Who, and Michel Delpech. 

Arthur Russell: Roulette, Brooklyn, New York, March 2, 1985

As last year’s astonishing Iowa Dream showed, the posthumous Arthur Russell well is far from dry. The man lived and breathed music for his short time on the planet, and we’re extremely fortunate to be able to explore his beautiful/beguiling imagination. Compared to his studio work, there are relatively few documents of Russell as a live performer — which is why this 35-year-old tape is so precious. 

Brokedown Podcast: D. Norsen

AD's own resident graphic head D. Norsen on the great Brokedown pod, discussing the "rich and vibrant counterculture history " that informs his work, his experiences with the Dead, and his various projects, including Aquarium Drunkard's Dead Notes

Piano, Bass, Drums, and Something in the Ether: A Guide to the Music of The Necks

For over thirty years, the Australian trio has amassed a body of work that is amorphous, always in flux, and changing with each new studio recording or live performance. To listen to the Necks is to embrace the ephemeral and reject the absolute. Assembled together, all those moments—stored as physical music or kept in the memories of spectators—make up something monumental. What the hell: something definitive. 

Musique: Network 77

Highly recommend the groovy new Network 77 spin-off Musique, Rachel Lichtman's euro-style music program featuring Juliana Hatfield, Joe Bernice, Aimee Mann, Ted Leo, a plug for Aquarium Drunkard's upcoming Lagniappe Sessions Vol. 2 vinyl release, and much, much more. 

Myths of Existence: Ahmed Abdullah and Monique Ngozi Nri on Sun Ra

Like his mentor Sun Ra, Ahmed Abdullah understands the power and significance of a name. Diaspora, the combo he leads with Monique Ngozi Nri, stands for “Dispersions of the Spirt of Ra,” and they joined AD to discuss the continual recreation of Ra’s music, Afrofuturism, and the possibilities of the future. 

M. Ward: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview

M. Ward’s sprawling and reflective tenth studio album, Migration Stories, bears its influence with mid-19th century migration folklore and Pax Americana folk, sung to the rustic hum of heavy guitar strings and vintage Americana. We caught up with Ward amidst our own cross-coastal quarantines to talk Migration Stories, bloodlines, the magic of first-takes, recurring earthquake dreams, and the insanity of modern times. 

Erik Davis' High Weirdness: Drugs, Esoterica, and Visionary Experience in the Seventies

Here's the good stuff. We're huge fans of Erik Davis' High Weirdness, which Jesse Jarnow called a “virtual checklist of bizarre characters, drug cults, outré philosophers, comix artists, b-movies, religious practitioners, psych-rock acts, and perhaps hundreds of other freak flags, sewn together by Davis’s sympathetic and curious approach to the esoteric.” With his great Expanding Mind podcast on hold, this 21 hour audiobook is even more essential. Dive in.  

Markus Floats: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview

On his new lp Third Album, Montreal’s Markus Floats rewards deep listens with emotive electronic melodies, granular textures, and mesmerizing arpeggios. It’s the culmination of Markus’s work so far, but like the hyper-prolific artists he cites as influences—Prince and Fennesz—also just one drop in his deep pool.

Yuri Herrera: Signs Preceding the End of the World (translated by Lisa Dillman)

Part taut thriller, part unfolding Aztec myth, part satire, part journey into the underworld. Herrera writes with a crackling energy and deadpan gaze about the border—those who cross it and those whose lives are crossed by it. 

Transmissions: A Conversation With Patterson Hood 

And we’re back with a check in with songwriter, bandleader, and longtime Aquarium Drunkard supporter Patterson Hood of the Drive-By Truckers. Earlier this year, the Truckers released their 12th lp, The Unraveling, a righteously pissed off record about gun violence, white supremacy, and the possibility of reincarnation. We rang up Hood to talk about quarantining in Portland, Oregon, the ins and outs of modern America, the new Bob Dylan song, and his early, formative experience seeing the great John Martyn. Art by D.Norsen

Best Show Bests: Beatles Talk & Porno Home Companion 

Getting into Tom Scharpling's weekly online radio show/podcast The Best Show can be intimidating, given the show's extensive history, in-jokes, and lore. Along with the Numero Group's essential but out of print boxset, the bite-sized Best Show Bests segments offer perfect onramps to highway on which chumps get steamrolled. This week's collects a few of Scharpling's "alternate reality" broadcasts, including a ribald PHC spoof and Beatles Talk, in which diehard Beatles fans try see how can be the most insufferable. 


Underneath the bunker, via satellite, transmitting from northeast Los Angeles. SIRIUS/XMU, channel 35. 7pm California time, Wednesdays. 

SIRIUS 608: Can – I’m So Green ++ The Everly Brothers – Lord Of The Manor ++ Blossom Dearie – Somebody New ++ Bernard Chabert – Il Part En Californie (He Moved To California) ++ These Trails – Garden Botanum ++ Pete Ham – Without You (solo demo) ++ Big Star – Mod Lang (Alternate Mix) ++ The Velvet Underground – Sad Song ++ Emitt Rhodes – Promises I’ve Made ++ T. Rex – Lean Woman Blues ++ Charlotte Dada (excerpt) ++ John Williams – Flowers In Your Hair ++ Lee Hazlewood w/ Suzi Jane Hokum – Califia (Stone Rider) ++ Rahsaan Roland Kirk – Black Root ++ Terry Callier – You Goin’ Miss Your Candyman ++ Leroy Vinnegar – Doing That Thing / Professor Harold Boggs ++ The Lijadu Sisters – Bayi L’ense ++ Henri Texier – Les “là-bas” ++ Amanaz – Khala My Friend ++ Wendell Stuart & The Downbeaters – Hey Jude ++ Beach Boys – Unknown Harmony (except) ++ Rob Jo Star Band – I Call On One’s Muse ++ Cisneros & Garza Group – I’m A Man / Welcome ++ Rolling Stones – We Love You ++ Music Convention – Sitar Track [From Children of the Sun] ++ Shin Joong Hyun – I’ve Got Nothing To Say ++ The Samurai – Fresh Hot Breeze Of Summer ++ The Shadows – Scotch On The Socks ++ Dion – Daddy (Rollin In Your Arms) ++ Relatively Clean Rivers – Easy Ride ++ Buffy Saint-Marie – Helpless ++ Ify Jerry Krusade – Everybody Likes Something Good ++ Aguaturbia – Rollin’ ‘N Tumblin’ ++ Sea-Ders – Thanks A Lot ++ The Olivia Tremor Control – Memories of Jacqueline 1906 ++ The Millennium – I Just Don’t Know To Say Goodbye ++ Harry Nilsson – You Can’t Do That (Alternate Take) ++ Roy Wood – Wake Up ++ Emitt Rhodes – Long Time No See ++ Jacques Dutronc – L’Espace D’Une Fille ++ Jim Schoenfeld – Before // collage m. hentz


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