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Sidecar (11.08.2021)

It's time for another issue of our weekly newsletter, Sidecar. A round up of this week at Aquarium Drunkard, pop culture recommendations, and more. 

John Andrews joins us to discuss touring and how it informed his newest album, CookbookAlthough he might be an artist that romanticizes the home he’s driving towards, John doesn’t seemed phased by the traveling. The “hominess” of John’s music follows him everywhere he goes and reflects out to the world in front of him. This tour, he’s driving to the music of Arthur Russel and Neil Young.

Le Ren—the musical endeavor of Montreal’s Lauren Spear—has created one of the more wondrous country records in recent memory with her debut long player. Entitled Leftovers, it’s the type of timeless record that leads into the many vast and winding roads that country music implies. For her debut Lagniappe Session, Spear digs in on her roots—tackling country and bluegrass popular songs, the pioneering Hazel Dickens, and the forward-thinking feminism of Kitty Wells—and weaves them her own: a warm, gentle tapestry with threads growing ever new. 

Theoreme—the one-woman band of France’s Maïssa D—returns next month with Les Artisans, the follow-up to her 2016 debut, L’appel du Midi à midi pile. That record has stayed strong with us in the intervening five years; the album track “Let’s Start” appearing in our August 2020 mixtape, and so the announcement of a new work from the artist is most welcome.

Not much in life is guaranteed — but you can be pretty damn sure that if David Kilgour’s name appears on a record, you’re in for something great. Whether playing with The Clean, solo, The Great Unwashed, or with the Heavy 8s, the New Zealand singer-songwriter-guitarist has 40 years’ worth of killer music behind him…and hopefully more to come. While we wait for fresh Kilgour, though, let’s check out some recent reissues

Justin Sullivan’s Night Shop returns early next year with the release of Forever Night. The album’s second single, “For A While”, features Jess Williamson guesting on vox, with an accompanying video directed by Jeff Davenport and Cooper Kenward.

That’s right — another Bandcamp Friday hit on Nov. 5, 2021. A music lover’s feast, month after month, giving listeners a chance to put cash directly in artists’ and labels’ pockets. Like any good feast, the offerings can be occasionally overwhelming, so we’ve got a few recent recommendations if you’re in need, ranging from psych freakouts to pastoral jazz, from Egypt in the 70s to present-day New Jersey. Listen up, get down. 

This past week on Transmissions, the final episode of the season: Steve Berlin. Steve plays saxophone in Los Lobos, whose new album is called, Native Sons. It features Los Angeles-centric covers by the likes of WAR, The Beach Boys, Buffalo Springfield, and Thee Midniters. But Steve’s a fascinating figure on his own. 

Boogie ’til you barf. Back by popular demand … the AD Dead Notes tee. Three different colors. Ltd. run via the sustainable, NC based, Recover Brands. 4oz, water based print. 10 day pre-order ending November 12.

As the original member of the experimental rock band PC Worship, Mike Etten steps out of a darker and rugged sound and into a more authentic project of self expression on his new album Love Wash.

Following the split of post-punk minimalists Young Marble Giants, Stuart Moxham formed The Gist–a one-off project yielding a sole lp, 1982’s Embrace the Herd. Until 2017, that is, when Moxham released Holding Pattern, a collection of 14 tracks dating back to the early 80s, during a period in which the artist found himself holed up in Nottingham, England armed with a TEAC four track reel to reel and a cassette Portastudio. 

Some voices grab you from the get-go — and Jana Horn is certainly one of those voices. Not that her vocals are strident or in your face; they rarely rise above a delicately conversational tone. But there’s a directness and ease with which she sings that makes you lean in, wanting to hear more. Horn’s masterful Optimism was self-released in minimal quantities in 2020, but the ever reliable No Quarter Records is giving it a well-deserved re-press in January. 

Wendy Eisenberg is one of those blink-and-you-miss-them artists. Each of their albums forges its way to new territory, subverting any and all expectations of both music and musician. Bent Ring is a hermetic record, humble and searching, almost uncomfortable in its closeness on first listen—like watching somebody pray.

Aquarium Drunkard spent some time with Story, speaking on the phone from his home in northwest Ohio about the creation of Moebius Strips, his relationship with Moebi, and his own far-ranging work. 

The ongoing revival of psychedelic rock… Latest case in point, Toronto’s Hot Garbage and their all-clad, carbonized and reverberating, debut LP, RIDE. In short, it’s the kind of album you throw on loud when you want to get lost and laugh into the void

During the 1930s, Universal Studios single handily reinvented the horror film, thus creating the “creature feature” and planting the seeds for a plethora of future sub-genres. The Black Cat (1934) is arguably one of the most significant horror films from this time. Although it doesn’t share the same cinematic clout as The Mummy (1932) or The Invisible Man (1933), it’s an illustrious example of the power and influence of “The Monster’s Golden Era.”

Thanks for opening up another issue of Sidecar. Do you dig it? How about our weekly show on Sirius/XM, the Transmissions podcastThe Lagniappe Sessions—where your favorite artists cover their favorite artists—and our deep dive interviews, monthly radio broadcast on Dublabmixtapes, and audio/visual joints? Support us on Patreon to take part in it all happening. 


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