Aquarium Drunkard: Sidecar/February 1, 2021
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Unearthed, Vol. 14: The Boarding House
Consider this one a sequel to the Unearthed series’ two other Bay Area bootleg deep dives—Sausalito Haze and Pacific High. The Boarding House, located at 960 Bush Street in San Francisco, had a good run in the 1970s as one of the city’s premiere nightclubs, presenting a killer mix of music and comedy (such stars as Robin Williams and Steve Martin had early successes here) seven nights a week, in a very intimate setting. For this mix, we’ve gathered together a typically eclectic blend of folk, reggae, jazz, country, punk and rock, all recorded live at the Boarding House.
Natalie Bergman: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview
Creative expression and religious witness abide side by side in Natalie Bergman’s music. On her solo debut Mercy, the Wild Belle vocalist marries psychedelia and gospel, drawing inward to fill her ghostly psalms with beauty and power.
The Last Next Place: Sanjay Mishra and Jerry Garcia, 1994-1995
“I’ve been waiting for you for 30 years,” Jerry Garcia told Sanjay Mishra after meeting the young guitarist in 1994. For this installment of Blanks & Postage, author Jesse Jarnow explores their connection and new a collection of their collaborations.
Margo Price: Transmissions
Country singer Margo Price stops by our weekly podcast to discuss That's How Rumors Get Started, the politics of country, and the cannabis business.
Richard Hell and the Voidoids: Destiny Street Complete
One more stroll down Destiny Street? Sure, why not? Ever since its release in 1982, Richard Hell has been dissatisfied with his second and final album with the Voidoids. The double-disc Destiny Street Complete is likely his last attempt at getting it right, presenting the original album, a re-do, a remix, and raw demos.
For All Mankind
From show runner Ronald D. Moore (Outlander, Battlestar Galactica, Star Trek), an alternate history in which the space race never ended. Part Mad Men, part The Man in the High Castle, part The Right Stuff, the first season occasionally tells where it should show, but its mix of character drama, historical and "historical" footage, fantastic set design, and genuinely wondrous moon footage make it a worthwhile watch. The next season, due out February 19, jumps ahead to the '80s...
Pearl Charles: Magic Mirror
Los Angeles singer-songwriter Pearl Charles makes Californian country music that at once recalls the burnt orange horizon of a Mojave sunset and the navy tint of the Pacific Ocean. Charles’ previous efforts have also pulled from the sounds of the ’60s and ’70s, but while they drew from the agitated sensibilities of garage and surf rock, her second full length Magic Mirror puts an outlaw spin on nocturnal disco, sounding something like the Band producing ABBA.
Kid Congo Powers & The Pink Monkey Birds: He Walked In
Over 14-minutes of deep jazz rock, Kid Congo Powers & The Pink Monkey Birds “He Walked In” offers a dance with the dead in the desert. It’s the first taste of the forthcoming Swing From The Sean DeLear ep available February 19 on In the Red Records. Watch its visionary video here.
Pino Palladino and Blake Mills: Just Wrong
The first taste from bassist Pino Palladino and guitarist/producer Blake Mills’ Notes With Attachments swirls with careful band interplay, treated saxophone and lush harmonics. It’s the sort of song you’re tempted to start over before it even finishes.
Princess Demeny: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview
In the late ’80s, Montréal poet, filmmaker, painter, and musician Princess Demeny recorded a series of electronic avant-garde and new wave recordings. Now, from Séance Centre Records commemorates her “New York Grief” with a 7″ single.