The Goon Sax :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview The three members of the Goon Sax bonded as Brisbane teenagers over post-punk classics by the Pastels and the Raincoats, forming their band originally as kind of a joke that might not last six months. Now, three albums in, the band has made a bold, surprising statement … Continue reading The Goon Sax :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview

Daniel Aged :: Not A Dream

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Daniel Aged :: Not A Dream It’s hard to pin down Daniel Aged’s latest album, You Are Protected By Silent Love. In a way, its unpredictability and untame-ability are its most remarkable qualities. It cannot be reduced; described; commodified; labeled; etc. (The 11-track album was released in early 2021 on Aged’s own distribution entity, Chiron … Continue reading Daniel Aged :: Not A Dream

Videodrome :: Half-Cocked

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Videodrome :: Half-Cocked (Welcome to Videodrome. A recurring column plumbing the depths of vintage and contemporary cinema – from cult, exploitation, trash and grindhouse to sci-fi, horror, noir, documentary and beyond.) Is anything more 90s than a movie where Tara Jane O’Neil plays the sister of Ian Svenonius (Make-Up, The Nation of Ulysses), steals his van … Continue reading Videodrome :: Half-Cocked

Six Organs of Admittance :: Transmissions This week on the show, Ben Chasny of Six Organs of Admittance. His new album is called The Veiled Sea, out this week via Three Lobed Records. Six Organs records can often sound very different from each other—think quiet acoustic sketches or long, blown out psych epics—but this one … Continue reading Six Organs of Admittance :: Transmissions

Childhood Imagined: H.M.S. Donovan at 50 If you’re lucky, you’ve come across Donovan’s There is an Ocean on a late-night Youtube binge. The 35-minute documentary resides somewhere between Bert Jansch’s live “Black Water Side” on the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation and The Dead jamming on “Bird Song” at the Old Renaissance Fairgrounds. Following Donovan and his … Continue reading Childhood Imagined: H.M.S. Donovan at 50

Dao Strom and Brian Harnetty :: In Conversation Brian Harnetty is an interdisciplinary composer/sound artist whose projects bring together place, myth, history, ecology, and economy. Informed by his family’s roots Appalachian Ohio, his 2019 project, Shawnee, Ohio utilized archival recordings alongside newly composed music to create a series of audiovisual portraits of people from a … Continue reading Dao Strom and Brian Harnetty :: In Conversation

R.E.M. :: Viceroy Park, Charlotte, NC, November 7, 1981 We’re rapidly approaching the 40th anniversary of R.E.M.’s debut single, the epochal “Radio Free Europe,” released on July 8, 1981. The band has a few things in the works to celebrate, but in the meantime, let’s dip into the band’s live archive. It’s always fun to hear Stipe, … Continue reading R.E.M. :: Viceroy Park, Charlotte, NC, November 7, 1981

Rose City Band :: Earth Trip

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Rose City Band :: Earth Trip Wooden Shjips / Moon Duo mastermind Ripley Johnson has knocked out three Rose City Band LPs in as many years — and they just seem to be getting better, as Johnson refines and perfects his approach. On the marvelously mellow Earth Trip, the primary touchstones remain the Dead and Neil Young. … Continue reading Rose City Band :: Earth Trip

RK Nagati :: De l’Orient à L’Orion While we cannot speak to the French political climate of 1970, we can attest that RK Nagati’s “De l’Orient à L’Orion” is sublime. Penned and performed by Tunisian singer Kamel Rauf Nagati, and most recently culled from Mobilisation Générale: Protest & Spirit Jazz from France 1970-1976, “L’Orion” clocks … Continue reading RK Nagati :: De l’Orient à L’Orion

Jeffrey Silverstein :: Transmissions Welcome to a special bonus episode of Transmissions. Our guest this episode is musician and writer Jeffrey Silverstein. His new EP of gently cosmic guitar music is called Torii Gates, and he’s the head behind the wonderful It’s So Easy (When You Know What You’re Doing), a tribute to the late cult folk musician … Continue reading Jeffrey Silverstein :: Transmissions

Radio Free Aquarium Drunkard :: June 20th on dublab Never-ending summer Sunday on Radio Free Aquarium Drunkard on dublab. June 20th from 4—8 PM Pacific. Hour one belongs to D. Norsen, bringing us an all-new episode of RFAD favorite Cadence. In hour two, Range and Basin with Jason P. Woodbury, with hard rock and out-there … Continue reading Radio Free Aquarium Drunkard :: June 20th on dublab

Elephant Micah on Vague Tidings

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Elephant Micah on Vague Tidings Indiana’s Joe O’Connell didn’t see the Northern Lights when he went to Alaska—after all, it was summertime, bright out all day and night. But the celestial event still makes an appearance on Vague Tidings, his latest lp under the long running Elephant Micah banner. Inspired by his DIY journey to … Continue reading Elephant Micah on Vague Tidings

Videodrome :: Wild At Heart

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Videodrome :: Wild At Heart (Welcome to Videodrome. A recurring column plumbing the depths of vintage and contemporary cinema – from cult, exploitation, trash and grindhouse to sci-fi, horror, noir, documentary and beyond.) “Wild At Heart is a love story that barrels down a strange highway through the twisted modern world,” David Lynch said of his … Continue reading Videodrome :: Wild At Heart

Spiritualized :: Lazer Guided Melodies By the time Spaceman 3’s near decade of droning and drugged out majesty wiped out, songwriters Jason Pierce and Peter Kember (aka Sonic Boom) had split. On bad terms and not sharing studio time together, the band’s posthumous album Recurring was halved: Kember took side A, Pierce had side B. … Continue reading Spiritualized :: Lazer Guided Melodies

JAUBI :: Nafs at Peace

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JAUBI :: Nafs at Peace Powerful sounds from Pakistan. Here emerges JAUBI, a largely instrumental sextet based in Lahore, with their debut album Nafs at Peace. A captivating range of ideas gleaned from recording sessions where “nothing whatsoever was written down…no sheet music and no song titles, which allowed the six musicians to forget about … Continue reading JAUBI :: Nafs at Peace

John Grant :: Transmissions

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John Grant :: Transmissions Our guest this week on the show is singer/songwriter John Grant. You might know him from his work with Midlake, the Czars, Sinéad O’Connor or Hercules and Love Affair. His new album is called Boy From Michigan. It’s produced by Cate Le Bon and fascinating, Blade Runner synths pulsing underneath incredible melodies and vocal performances. … Continue reading John Grant :: Transmissions

Diversions: Evan Cheadle / Beyond ‘Fault Line Serenade’ Released last week, Evan Cheadle’s debut full-length is a staggering collection of hazy and fragile songs, adorned with the finest of baroque and psychedelic flourishes. Written between several years of touring as a member of Canadian stalwarts The Deep Dark Woods, Fault Line Serenade builds upon Cheadle’s … Continue reading Diversions: Evan Cheadle / Beyond ‘Fault Line Serenade’

Joni Mitchell w/ Brian Blade :: Fez Club NYC, 1995 | Bootleg Brian Blade, a musician originally from Louisiana, is best known for his energetic, searching drumming with The Wayne Shorter Quartet. He’s also known for his work with some of guitars most modern practitioners: as a sideman with John Scofield and Pat Metheny, and … Continue reading Joni Mitchell w/ Brian Blade :: Fez Club NYC, 1995 | Bootleg

Bandcamping :: Summer 2021

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Bandcamping :: Summer 2021 A good thing: in celebration of Juneteenth this year, Bandcamp is donating 100 percent of their fee share of sales to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund on Friday, June 18. So, you’ll get some new music, support artists, and help a great cause. A win-win-win. In need of a few recommendations? Here … Continue reading Bandcamping :: Summer 2021

Aquarium Drunkard: ECM Night { June 24, Los Angeles @ In Sheep’s Clothing Next Thursday, June 24, we are hosting our third night of dedicated listening to the perennial ECM Records catalog. Free to attend with RSVP, the event is in conjunction with In Sheep’s Clothing hi-fi, at Neuhouse in Los Angeles. 7pm-midnight. Expect full … Continue reading Aquarium Drunkard: ECM Night { June 24, Los Angeles @ In Sheep’s Clothing

Les Filles de Illighadad :: At Pioneer Works Recorded live in the fall of 2019 in Brooklyn, At Pioneer Works has a calmness and serenity about it. Melodically, there is plenty of room to breathe. Each instrument – vocals, guitar, hand claps, percussion — fills in what it needs to organically. Nothing is overworked, just enhanced. Opener, “Surbajo,” … Continue reading Les Filles de Illighadad :: At Pioneer Works

Serge Gainsbourg :: Panpan Cucul

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Serge Gainsbourg :: Panpan Cucul 1973’s Vu de l’extérieur: home to one of Serge Gainsbourg’s biggest hits (“Je suis venu te dire que je m’en vais”), along with a host of lesser known gems. In true Gainsbourgian form, a large swath of the album’s lyrics are equally lascivious and ridiculous, penned by the bon vivant … Continue reading Serge Gainsbourg :: Panpan Cucul

Improvisational Sphere :: A Roy Brooks Mixtape “Understanding” is a befitting title for the new archival album by underrated jazz drummer Roy Brooks. Although Brooks recorded with some of the biggest names in Jazz (Horace Silver, Max Roach, Charles Mingus, Yusef Lateef, Chet Baker) his own catalog largely remains out of print, or available only … Continue reading Improvisational Sphere :: A Roy Brooks Mixtape

Roscoe Mitchell Sextet :: Sound (1966) The harmonica is arguably the most underused tool in Jazz. Maybe underutilized is a better word, and maybe Jazz is the wrong word. Enter Roscoe Mitchell’s 1966 debut Sound on the Chicago-based Delmark label. Recorded entirely live at Sound Studios in Chicago (in the basement below the infamous Jazz … Continue reading Roscoe Mitchell Sextet :: Sound (1966)

Colleen :: Transmissions

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Colleen :: Transmissions Our guest this week is Cécile Schott, who records under the name Colleen. Since the early 2000s, she’s generated soulful electronic and ambient music, utilizing vintage synths, drum machines, music boxes, and acoustic instruments. Her latest is called The Tunnel and the Clearing. It was recorded in Barcelona during the lockdown and followed a … Continue reading Colleen :: Transmissions

Wire :: The AD Interview

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Wire :: The AD Interview In 2000, post-punk legends Wire reconvened, after a nine-year hiatus, for what was intended to be a one-off gig at London’s Royal Festival Hall. Instead, what the four original members of the group—singer/guitarist Colin Newman, guitarist Bruce Gilbert, singer/bassist Graham Lewis, and drummer Robert Gray—found was a reignition, a relighting … Continue reading Wire :: The AD Interview