Aquarium Drunkard: Sidecar/July 13, 2020
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Ennio Morricone...Ciao, Maestro
This week at AD, composer and producer Frank Maston reflects on the recent passing of Ennio Morricone, sharing his thoughts along with a mix of lesser known Morricone compositions…
Symphony of Souls: On the Hippie Christian Folk of The Trees Community
This is the uncanny saga of the Trees Community, a traveling monastic order of artists, actors, thinkers, & misfits who traveled North America in the '70s on a mystic Christian “pilgrimage without a destination.” The Trees formed in their unofficial leader Shipen’s NYC loft, where they dropped acid and explored various religious traditions. After he fell out of a tree and glimpsed a divine vision in the sky, he converted to Christianity. The rest soon followed. The Trees formed in their unofficial leader Shipen’s NYC loft, where they dropped acid and explored various religious traditions. After he fell out of a tree and glimpsed a divine vision in the sky, he converted to Christianity. The rest soon followed. After the loft was condemned, the Trees took to the road to play avant-garde folk music, living as a hippie monastic order in a GMC school bus. They played anywhere. Churches, prisons, nursing homes. They worked odd jobs, farmed, & studied. They dressed strangely, had openly gay members, and played droning devotional music. Naturally, they freaked folks out, but their engaging, meditative music lingers more than 50 years after their communal life first began.
Good Ol' Grateful Dead Podcast
Aquarium Drunkard contributor Jesse Jarnow and Rich Mahan have launched the first official podcast from the Grateful Dead: "Gather round every Thursday as we tell the tales of Grateful Dead days of yore. Hosts Rich Mahan and Jesse Jarnow will take the lead, picking up special guests from the Dead universe along the way. May the long strange trip continue across the pod!"
Julien Gasc: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview
The music of French singer-songwriter, troubadour, and multi-instrumentalist Julien Gasc is a perennial gift. Shortly before the world locked down due to Covid-19, Gasc released his third LP, L’Appel de la Forêt. Both a stylistic break and continuation of his evolving muse, we asked our mutual friend Derek Wheeler James to catch up with Gasc, via phone at his home in Toulouse, to discuss the album’s aesthetic origins, and more.
Transmissions: Don Bryant
Our guest this week for the Transmissions podcast is Don Bryant. Born in Memphis, Tennessee, he was one of the premier songwriters at Hi Records, writing for Al Green, O.V. Wright, Syl Johnson, and his wife, Ann Peebles. His new album is called You Make Me Feel. Bryant joins us to discuss it, highlights from his massive songbook, and his marriage and creative partnership with Ann Peebles.
Jason Joshua and the Beholders: Alegría Y Tristeza
30 minutes on the nose, Jason Joshua and the Beholder’s debut LP Alegría Y Tristeza on his own Mango Hill Records is a quick and effective dose of sultry soul. The Miami-based singer skillfully toes the line between winsome falsetto and raw, reflective tenor, while cruising atop timeless production that occupies a sweet spot between Deep City and T.K. Productions.
Sagittaire: Lovely Music
On the melancholy, Fripp and Eno inspired “Desert Shore,” Mairesse sings about re-emerging in a place beyond the horizon, calmly repeating the lines “I will disappear/And I will come back.” Sagittaire’s sun-kissed jangle-pop sound shares traits in common with this beachy getaway, with a lush instrumental palette of shimmering vibraphones (“Doo Doo Doo”) and glammy fuzz guitars (“Age of 9”).
The Mendoza Line: Post-War
“We liked bands like the Mekons or Alex Chilton, that kind of vibrated on that strange frequency where you weren’t sure if this was entertaining all of the time, or if the feeling between the band and the audience was more agreeable or adversarial. And that just doesn’t scale commercially…”
Doo-Wop Along to San Antonio’s Forgotten Golden Oldies on the Nonprofit Radio Station 97.9 KCJV
The first time you hear KCJV's format of obscuro doo-wop, surf instros, rockabilly, garage rock, girl groups, and R&B, it "feels less like going back in time and more like tuning into a station from an alternate reality," writes Joe Gross.
Costa y cañón. Via satellite, transmitting from northeast Los Angeles — the Aquarium Drunkard Show on SIRIUS/XMU, channel 35. 7pm California time, Wednesdays.
SIRIUS 620 (July 8, 2020): Ronald Langestraat – I’m Ready For Dancing ++ Shintaro Sakamoto – Another Planet ++ Julien Gasc – Luke Howard ++ Susumu Yokota Zenmai ++ Osamu Kitajima – Benzaiten (God Of Music & Water) ++ Parsley Sound – Ease Yourself And Glide ++ Jon McKiel – Mourning Dove ++ Orions Belte – Le Mans ++ Daniel Romano – All The Reaching Trims ++ Drug Cabin – Handsome ++ Robert Wyatt – Yolanda ++ Sven Wunder – Black Iris ++ John Andrews & The Yawns – Relax ++ Cotton Jones – I Was Stoned By The Choir ++ Matt Valentine – Continuing The Good Life ++ Fruit Bats – Coal Age ++ The Moondoggies – Down The River ++ The Cave Singers – Man In Hotel Room (Demo) ++ Kelley Stoltz – Mean Marianne ++ Woods – Be There Still ++ Paint – Ta Fardah ++ Modern Nature – Harvest ++ Hala Strana – Stouthrief ++ Quilt Cowboys In The Void ++ Help Yourself – Old Man ++ Reverend Baron – Is It True? ++ Spiritualized – I Think I’m In Love ++ John Frusciante – Skin Blues ++ Nascimbene – Interlude: Witchdoctor ++ Blur – Ghost Ship ++ Yuzo Iwata – Gigolo ++ Étienne Charry – Un Petit Pas Pour L’Homme ++ Shintaro Sakamoto – From The Dead ++ Steve Elliot – One More Time (AD edit) ++ Takeo Yamashita – A Touch of Japanese Stone
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