Aquarium Drunkard: Sidecar/March 1, 2021
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R.L. Burnside: Brotherhood Sportsmen's Lodge, Como, Mississippi, September 28, 1974
We may still be a ways away from gathering in a crowded bar to catch a little live music—but in the meantime, enjoy this downright miraculous 17-minute clip of R.L. Burnside in 1974. Filmed in glorious black-and-white by Memphis’ unclassifiable Tav Falco, it’s a startlingly vivid portrait of the then-thriving Mississippi Hill Country blues scene, with Burnside presiding over a packed house with nothing but a guitar and amplifier.
The Fruit Bats: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview
Eric D. Johnson reflects on 20 years of Fruit Bats, working with The Shins and Bonny Light Horseman, and his new album, The Pet Parade. He joined us for a discussion about the new album, home recording, the pandemic, and how it feels to walk his musical path for two decades.
In late 2019, The National wrapped up what would be its final, pre-pandemic American tour date in Houston. The members of LNZNDRF (Scott and Bryan Devendorf, Aaron Artnz, and Ben Lanz) stuck around for a week of recording in Texas, finding kismet alignment when they gathered together at Jim Eno's Public Hi-Fi Studio. The extensive jam sessions would produce several hours worth of music that reflects, on the watery surface, the soundscapes of kosmische musik and adjacent canon. The sessions first resulted in last year's instrumental, 35-minute precursor EP, To A Lake. But after some heavy lifting on the production front by Lanz, the group's sophomore release, II, now sees the light.
Sunburned Hand of the Man: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview
Sunburned’s latest record, the exhilarating Pick a Day to Die, comes out in early March on the Three Lobed Label. It’s the quintessential pandemic project, pieced together out of what’s at hand in a long, solitary lockdown. We talked to one of the group's founders, John Moloney, about his long-running band, their influences, their process, this current album and how and when music can get back to normal.
Gary Panter's Crashpad (2021)
Have you been struggling with the feeling that future doesn't look so bright? Then perhaps underground cartoonist Gary Panter's utopian hippie daydream is for you. Printed as a "fine art monograph/faux underground comic facsimile," the massive book comes adorned with gold foil printing, trippy endpapers, and a standard comic book sized version of the oversized story, as well as Panter's recommended reading list re: counterculture history, gardening, and other radical explorations—including a plug for AD writer Jesse Jarnow's fantastic tome, Heads: A Biography of Psychedelic America.
30 or so years ago, Tom Fraser found a discarded record by his great aunt Mirabel Lomer. Along with family members and Simon Tong (The Verve, The Good, The Bad, & The Queen), he’s reworked and expanded her recordings, bringing back to life sounds from the far past with meditative grace and intensity. Fans of Gavin Bryars, The Caretaker, and Virginia Astley take note.
Wau Wau Collectif: Yaral Sa Doom
Uniting West African musicians, poets, and producers with Karl Jonas Winqvist, Wau Wau Collectif builds a cosmic jazz sound, weightless and joyful. And while it may feel tempting at times to describe this as “West African music,” it is in truth a trans-global work.
Transmissions: Peter Guralnick
Legendary music writer Peter Guralnick for the latest episode of Transmissions. He’s been writing about the blues, rock & roll, soul, and R&B since the late 1960s. His latest book is called Looking To Get Lost: Adventures in Music & Writing. It is a book about the creativity that fueled artists like Johnny Cash, Robert Johnson, Ray Charles, Dick Curless, Howlin’ Wolf, and others. He joins us for an open discussion about the early days of music journalism, artistry, and the curiosity that fuels his work.
FBI Confirms Report of ‘Long, Cylindrical’ UFO ‘Moving Really Fast’ Over New Mexico
News of the weird! An American Airlines flight from Cincinnati to Phoenix February 21st was zoomed over by an unidentified long, cylindrical object, like a “cruise missile type of thing—moving really fast right over the top of” the plane.
Diné avant garde composer Raven Chacon and John Dieterich team up as Endlings for another vast chasm of overwhelming noise. Their latest, “Cither” began as a phone app experiment but becomes something monumental in the duo’s hands.