Aquarium Drunkard: Sidecar/February 5
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.
Aquarium Drunkard Presents: Sessa @ Zebulon, February 13
Here's one for the books: Thursday, February 13, Aquarium Drunkard presents an evening with Sessa at Zebulon. Sessa’s 2019 debut, Grandeza, was one of our favorite records of last year. High praise. With special guest Sk Kakraba. Aquarium Drunkard deejays.
Transmissions: Jeff Parker on Suite for Max Brown
Jeff Parker's Suite For Max Brown is one of 2020's early highlights, a primo blend of soul-jazz, Dilla-inspired grooves, and subtle R&B. A longtime member of Tortoise and demand session player for everyone from Brian Blade to Makaya McCraven, Parker joined us on the first 2020 episode of the Transmissions podcast to discuss the record's genesis and familial ties. Now playing on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Sticher, TuneIn, and wherever you listen to podcasts, and as always, on Aquarium Drunkard direct.
Destroyer: The AD Interview
On Have We Met, Dan Bejar once again slips into familiar guises: the clueless nitwit, the skeptic, the villain. But the record once again diverges from the established path: 25 years in, Destroyer still hasn't made the same record twice. Now at AD, Bejar joins in to discuss the retro-futurism sheen of the album and once again playing the black hat: “You can’t just lash out, you have to lash in. You have to include yourself in the world of people. How can you render yourself evil.”
The Outsider (2020)
Historically, Stephen King adaptations to the screen have been a mixed bag at best. Not so with The Outsider. HBO's adaptation of King's 2018 supernatural-mystery novel of the same name was released earlier this month, and is proving to be one of the stronger entries into King's on-screen world. Both the television series and novel feature a recurring character in the King mult-verse—that of extra-sensory private investigator, Holly Gibney. In this featurette, King and the actor portraying the role (Cynthia Erivo) discuss the character's unusual talents and more.
Blanks and Postage: Psychedelic Futures
Jesse Jarnow continues his tour of the multiverse. His latest dispatch explores the intersection of pulp and psychedelic imagination via the recently reissued Greenwich Trilogy: Chester Anderson’s The Butterfly Kid, Michael Kurland’s The Unicorn Girl, and T.A. Waters’s The Probability Pad, each offering a distinctly groovy psychedelic sci-fi.
Infinite Detail: Tim Maughan (2019)
Speaking of futures. The one envisioned by author Tim Maughan in his 2019 novel Infinite Detail feels bracingly close at hand. Presenting two timelines—one in which tech has made baffling mazes of democracy, economics, and interpersonal relationships, one in which the world has been violently taken offline—the novel's brutal, radical, and pulsing with pirate radio energy.
The Lagniappe Sessions: Molly Sarlé
Folk singer Molly Sarlé knows a thing or two about singing other people’s songs—she didn’t title her 2019 lp Karaoke Angelfor nothing. For her debut solo Lagniappe Session, she inhabited a set of songs by Fleetwood Mac, Big Star, and Annie Lennox.
Donovan Quinn: Abaslom
Armed with “Pale Blue Eyes” guitars, “Stroke It Noel” strings and a deliciously wasted vibe that would make Nikki Sudden proud, Donovan Quinn has crafted another absolutely stellar LP with Absalom, which slipped out on the Soft Abuse label late last year.
Montreal’s YlangYlang (a.k.a. Catherine Debard) have delivered a flurry of releases since 2012 with diaristic titles such as Life Without Structure, Tender Freaky Sexy Moments, and Am I Being Overdramatic? Whether released as cassettes, CD-Rs, or embroidered caskets, they all feel like intimate transmissions beamed out from the soft-focus haze of her inner world. Interplay, out this month from West Virginia label Crash Symbols, is as refined and stately as the project has ever sounded. Recorded shortly after Debard’s experiences as an artist in residence at Calgary’s National Music Centre, where she studied with Suzanne Ciani, it marks a passing of the baton from one musical voyager to the next.
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