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Aquarium Drunkard: Sidecar/August 12, 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. 

Don't Forget to Die: A Few Reflections on David Berman

On August 7th, tragic news broke that David Berman, poet and leader of Silver Jews and Purple Mountains, had passed away. A chronicler of despair and beauty, Bermans’ work casts a long shadow. Here, Wooden Wand’s James Jackson Toth reflects on his singular stature and remembers the man. 

Tyvek: Changing Patterns of Protective Coating/Deadbeat Beat: How Far

Two new releases from the Detroit underground, Tyvek’s Changing Patterns of Protective Coating and Deadbeat Beat’s How Far, trade in surrealism and inspired scuzz, showcasing the bruised vibrancy of the city’s experimental punk scene.

Casual Water/Summer Crate Mixtape

Floated this medley of selections from our summer crate over to our friends at Reverberation Radio last summer as part of their ongoing guest mix series. Lots of dub. Lots of reverb. Laisse rouler.

King Tubby & Yabbu U – Conquering Dub (excerpt)
Serge Gainsbourg – Javanaise Remake
Rikki Ililonga – Fire High
Mono Mono – Give A Beggar A Chance
Luiz Melodia – Baby Rose
Bob Chance – Jungle Talk
Ryo Kawasaki – Hawaiian Caravan
Brian Eno & David Byrne – Regiment
Basa Basa – African Soul Power (excerpt)
Talking Heads – Fela’s Riff (Unfinished Outtake)
Serge Gainsbourg – Des Laids Des Dubs (excerpt)
Shintaro Sakamoto – From The Dead (7”)
John Holm – Du E En Stor Grabb Nu

American Messiahs: False Prophets of a Damned Nation 

Hucksters, demented visionaries, counterculture radicals, crooks, lunatics, liars, and sage understanders of the American psyche—from the Universal Friends, Father Divine, Jim Jones, Shaker Ann Lee, and many more, Adam Morris' American Messiahs has it all. 

Jason Lytle: Don't Want To Be There For All That Stuff
Paste's got the first taste of Jason Lytle of Grandaddy's new lp nylonandjuno, featuring a starkly beautiful new instrumental composed for, you guessed it, nylon guitar and a Juno keyboard. 

Oren Ambarchi: Simian Angel 

AD contributor Tyler Wilcox has spent the last few weeks trying to wrap his head around Oren Ambarchi's latest, a collaboration with famed Brazilian percussionist Cyro Baptista. But Simian Angel is slippery — it sounds different every time you spin it. New details emerge, textures shift, grooves come undone. What feels soothing and meditative on one listen seems to skirt the edges of disquieting dissonance on the next. 

Talk Show: Timothy Denevi on Freak Kingdom: Hunter S. Thompson's Manic Ten-Year Crusade Against American Fascism 

Another reminder! August 15th, Aquarium Drunkard presents TALK SHOW: In Conversation with Timothy Denevi, author of Freak Kingdom: Hunter S. Thompson's Manic Ten-Year Crusade Against American Fascism. Jason Jones (Rhino Records) will be hosting a special Happy Hour from 5-8 leading up to the event. As always, it's at Gold Diggers in East Hollywood. 


Sliding off the coast of California, weird tales from the pacific rim. Here's last week's edition of the Aquarium Drunkard Show. Tune in this Wednesday at 7pm PST on SIRIUS/XM (on-demand anytime). 

SIRIUS 576 (August 7): Silver Jews – People ++Intro (Telalit) ++ Africa – I Am Very Far > History of Man ++ ROB – More ++ K. Frimpong & His Cubano Fiestas – Asaase yi so ++ Felt Kuti – Unknown Soldier ++ Peter Tosh Interview (excerpt, 1979) ++ Nina Simone – Funkier Than A Mosquito’s Tweeter ++ Harold Alexander – Mama Soul ++ Talking Heads – Animal ++ Keyboard – Peaceable World ++ Brian Eno & David Byrne – Help Me Somebody ++ The Budos Band – Sing A Simple Song (Sly Stone) ++ Gilberto Gil – 17 Léguas E Meia ++ Badge Époque Ensemble – You Can Build A Palace, Or You Can Please People ++ Sly And The Family Stone – Just Like A Baby ++ Luiz Melodia – Baby Rose ++ The Mebusas – Son of Mr. Bull Dog ++ Pierre Bensusan – Le Conseil De Guerre ++ Count Ossie & The Mystic Revelation Of Rastafari – Four Hundred Years ++ Pops Staples – Sweet Home ++ Broadcast – One Million Years Ago ++ Annette Peacock – Pony ++ Tone Scientists – Tiny Pyramids (Sun Ra) ++ Akiko Yano – Funamachi-Uta Part 2 ++ Sun Ra w. Sam Spence – Sunken Ship/We’re Living In The Space Age ++ Odetta – Water Boy (live) ++ Alton Ellis – Whiter Shade of Pale ++ Jacks – Where ++ ZNR – Solo Un Dia ++ T. Rex – Cat Black (The Wizard’s Hat) ++ OMNI – After Dinner ++ Bodega – Bodega Birth ++ Pylon – Dub ++ ゆらゆら帝国 – おはようまだやろう ++ Deerhunter – Little Kids > Fluorescent Grey ++ Mega Bog – Diary of A Rose ++ Silver Jews – Random Rules


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