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Aquarium Drunkard: Sidecar/September, 2019

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. 

Shintaro Sakamoto: Boat 

Japanese singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Shintaro Sakamoto continues to mold his muse, via the release of the “Boat” 7″. Even better news? Sakamoto is slated to hit the US next month with a handful of live dates on both coasts. A rare stateside treat, indeed…

Third Eye Spies (2019) 

The untapped power of the human miiiind. A new documentary, Third Eye Spies, examines the United States and Soviet Union’s interest in parapsychology during the Cold War—specifically the use of “remote viewing” as practiced by psychics contracted by the military. Produced by Russell Targ, the film makes a compelling case for the depth and breadth of the phenomenon as his father, physicist Russell Targ, was one of the leaders in the field during the 1970s.


Ruth Garbus: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview

We recently caught up with singer-songwriter Ruth Garbus to delve deeper into the gorgeous, greyscale world she spins on her new lp, Kleinmeister. Garbus’ hyper-specific lyrics are rendered timeless when delivered in her expressive mezzo-soprano and supported by the thrum of her signature rhythm guitar playing. "I’m also surrounded by other things that have nothing to do with my music that inspire me greatly – my job at the cooperatively-owned grocery store where I work, where I have served on the board of directors and as a union steward; participating in the annual town meeting as a rep last year; witnessing the opioid crisis and its effects unfold in my community; the trees, plants, animals, the geography of this place. Plus I am able to live a dignified life without making lots of money. Brattleboro has influenced me a great deal."

Rolling Stones: Jah Is Not Dead 

How you like your Stones? Late seventies debauched and nasty? Us too. Dig this: Rolling Stones: Sympathy for the Disco (outtakes ’75-’79)…a very selective sampling of Ron Wood-era outtakes, focusing on the band’s half-formed funk/disco/jam persona…long, unedited basic takes of songs that were finished and released between ’75 and ’81.

Screamin' Jay Hawkins: The Bizarre Years 

A new collection from Real Gone Music, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins: The Bizarre Years, plucks selections from his albums for the imprint, confirming that right up until the very end, Hawkins was interested in theatrical provocation, gross-out humor, and wild antics.

Been All Around This World (Podcast) Season Two

The second season of the Alan Lomax Archives podcast Been All Around This World recently kicked off. The Fall 2019 season of the program focuses on the 60th anniversary of the "so-called 'Southern Journey' field-recording trip and explore various regions, traditions, and performers Lomax and Collins visited and recorded." Helmed by guitarist and archivist Nathan Salburg, the podcast is a must-listen. 

Tinariwen: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview 

Tinariwen’s eighth album, Amadjar, was conceived on the road. Following an appearance Taragalte Festival in the Moroccan Sahara, the group traveled to Mauritania trailed by their French production team, in a camper van. Songs were put together during this road trip in a traditional Tamasheq manner, built up via conversations and playing around campfires. Now at AD, founder Ibrahim Ag Alhabib explains: "This is still the way we play today...In the desert, around campfires, where the air is good, you get a great sense of tranquility, freedom, and the music comes easily." 

Sheathed in obscurity following its 1972 release in Italy, Peace on You–the sole long-player from Ghana’s Mack Porter–is a true outlier gem of blues, soul, and psychedelic rock. With its dramatic David Axelrod-esque arrangements and Porter’s blurry, mirage-like lines between Hendrix soul and doomy Sabbath riffs, the record exists on a plane of rarity entirely its own.

Rob Stoner: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview 


Journeyman bassist Rob Stoner has played with nearly every rock & roll legend you could name, from Bob Dylan to Chuck Berry and Link Wray. Today at AD, he shines a light on the fact, fiction, and myth of Martin Scorsese’s Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story. “He’s always trying to put people on, to put people off his trail.” 


Tide times. The Aquarium Drunkard Show on SIRIUS/XMU, channel 35. 7pm California time. Wednesdays.

SIRIUS 580 (September 4): Tom Zé Dulcinéia – Popular Brasileira (Intro) ++ Cochemea – Maso Ye’eme > All My Relations ++ Akiko Yano – Funamachi-Uta Part 2 ++ Rich Ruth – Coming Down ++ Helado Negro – Paz a Ti ++ Devendra Banhart – Carmencita ++ Juan Wauters – Camdombe ++ Adanowsky – Me Siento Solo ++ Rodrigo Amarante – Hourglass ++ Juana Molina – Cosoco ++ The Beets – Preso Voy ++ Destroyer – Del Monton ++ Juan Wauters – Letter (feat. Maxine) ++ Julien Gasc – Canada ++ O Terno – Eu Vou ++ Robert Wyatt – Yolanda ++ Tim Bernardes – Recomeçar ++ Connan Mockasin – Charlotte’s Thong ++ Mega Bog – Diary of a Rose ++ Cate Le Bon – Miami ++ ZNR – Solo Un Dia ++ Peter Tosh breaks some shit down (interview, 1979) ++ Yves Jarvis – Curtains of Rain ++ Tricatel RSVP – Dernier Métro ++ Mario Molino – Traffico Caotico ++ Brigitte Fontaine w/ Areski – C’est normal ++ Lee ’Scratch’ Perry – Double Six ++ Lace Curtains – Kali ++ Esa – Pantsula ++ Blur – Moroccan Peoples Revolutionary Bowls Club (AD edit) ++ Ernest Ranglin – Surfing ++ CAN – All Gates Open ++ Kikagaku Moyo – Kogarashi

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