Aquarium Drunkard: Sidecar/April 22, 2020
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Sorcery in the Kingdom | A Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool Mixtape
Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool—now available on Netflix after a brief theatrical run and as an American Masters feature on PBS—is a beautifully directed film by Stanley Nelson, which guides us through the different changes of Miles’ life, smoothly handling the tale of an artist who refused any complacency throughout a long and undeniably brilliant career. Now at AD, a review plus mixtape digging deeper.
The Human Race: An AOR (Mixtape)
Whatever happened to the human race? This mix explores the darker sides of the much maligned “AOR” genre, typically associated with 1970’s overly-produced pop excess, while embracing it’s playful and uplifting side. From Thin Lizzy’s Phil Lynott’s lamenting a “Fatalistic Attitude” to the Monkees’ Michael Nesmith’s time capsule to “People A Hundred Years From Now”, from Emitt Rhodes lamentable solo swan song “Farewell To Paradise” to true FM radio classic jam Starbuck’s “Moonlight Feels Right”, here The Human Race is represented in all it’s conflicted glory.
Music Arcade/A Medley 1980-2007
Another ride in Neil’s dune buggy, another collection of (mostly) low-key NY highlights. The following 26 tracks span the 1980 Hawks & Doves LP to 2007’s Chrome Dreams II. Eat a peach.
The Stooges: John Cale Mix
Here's a platter to get excited about. Last year our buddy Jason Jones spent a chunk of his time working on the first ever vinyl issue of the John Cale mixes of The Stooges' debut. Elektra Records killed these mixes by the ex-Velvet (they found them too abrasive), and have since slipped out sub rosa over the years -- bootlegs, tacked onto reissues, etc. But now, after 40 years, and amidst a global quarantine, they are finally available courtesy of via Vinyl Me Please. Further reading: check out this interview with Jones per the project, here. PS. Yesterday was Iggy Pop's 73rd birthday. Strong.
Range and Basin: Dick Slessig Combo, "Ain't No Sunshine"
Tonight on Radio Free Aquarium Drunkard, Jason P. Woodbury's Range & Basin will be broadcasting an uncirculated rendition of Bill Withers' "Ain't No Sunshine" by the Dick Slessig Combo (Mark Lightcap of Acetone). Half-hour of bliss. Check out a primer here, and tune in at 21:00 PDT.