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The Lagniappe Sessions :: Tobacco City Lagniappe (la ·gniappe) noun ‘lan-ˌyap,’ — 1. An extra or unexpected gift or benefit. 2. Something given or obtained as a gratuity or bonus. Chicago’s Tobacco City first hit our radar a couple years back via “Blue Raspberry” b/w “Never on My Mind,” two languishing and incandescent country ballads. The … Continue reading The Lagniappe Sessions :: Tobacco City

Renee Reed and Kate Teague (In Conversation) Songwriters Renée Reed and Kate Teague join us today for a one-on-one talk from the wilds of Louisiana. On her self-titled album, Lafayette-based Reed explores lovely and spooky corners, singing in English and French of shadows and ghosts. Over in New Orleans, Teague crafts open-hearted songs, her voice … Continue reading Renee Reed and Kate Teague (In Conversation)

Ade & Connan Mockasin :: It’s Just Wind Few father/son combos could create an album as gloriously warped as It’s Just Wind. During his yearly residency at the Marfa Myths festival, New Zealand psych-pop surrealist Connan Mockasin welcomed his 72-year-old dad Ade Hosford to join a series of jam sessions. After nearly dying from a … Continue reading Ade & Connan Mockasin :: It’s Just Wind

Diversions :: Howlin Rain

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Diversions :: Howlin Rain Diversions, a recurring feature on Aquarium Drunkard, catches up with our favorite artists as they wax on subjects other than recording and performing. Ethan Miller says he intends his long-running rock & roll band Howlin Rain’s forthcoming sixth album The Dharma Wheel, out October 8 on Silver Current Records, to offer … Continue reading Diversions :: Howlin Rain

Melvin Gibbs :: Transmissions

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Melvin Gibbs :: Transmissions A sit down with bassist and composer Melvin Gibbs. Emerging from the fertile New York art scene of the early ’80s where he played with Defunkt, Gibbs has also played alongside Arto Lindsey, John Zorn, Caetano Veloso, Bill Frisell, Ronald Shannon Jackson, Sonny Sharrock, and dozens more jazz luminaries, in rock … Continue reading Melvin Gibbs :: Transmissions

Karen Black :: Dreaming of You

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Karen Black :: Dreaming of You Chances are you if you’ve seen Karen Black act, you’ve heard her sing. And while she’s played across the gamut— from hapless hopeful in Bob Rafelson’s Five Easy Pieces to rising star in Robert Altman’s Nashville—in real life Black only very tenuously flirted with an actual career in music. … Continue reading Karen Black :: Dreaming of You

Bob Downes Open Music :: Hell’s Angels Bob Downes released five albums under the Open Music moniker. Ranging from the hard rocking and horn hefty Deep Down Heavy to the abstract outing with Wendy Benka, Episodes at 4 AM, the territory explored by the UK reedman was profound. 1975’s Hells Angels was the terminal statement. … Continue reading Bob Downes Open Music :: Hell’s Angels

Videodrome :: Time Bandits

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Videodrome :: Time Bandits (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.) “I am Evil. Evil existed long before good.” Terry Gilliam’s 1981 fantasy-adventure Time Bandits is the first installment in his “Trilogy Of Imagination” series, … Continue reading Videodrome :: Time Bandits

Aquarium Drunkard Book Club :: Chapter Seven Welcome back to the stacks. It’s Aquarium Drunkard’s Book Club, our recurring column of recent (or not so recent) recommended reading. Your librarians this month are Tyler Wilcox, Daniel Burke, Roz Milner, and Jason P. Woodbury. Always Crashing in the Same Car: On Art, Crisis, & Los Angeles, California, … Continue reading Aquarium Drunkard Book Club :: Chapter Seven

Anika :: Transmissions

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Anika :: Transmissions This week on Transmissions: Anika. Best known for her work with Geoff Barrow and Mexico City’s Exploded View, she returns with Change, an album of subtle electronic pop, driving bass lines, and lyrics that veer from quixotic to inspiring. Anika joined us for a discussion about her time as a journalist, the shifting state of … Continue reading Anika :: Transmissions

Sleaford Mods :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview Few albums have captured the bleak, messy boredom of the pandemic better than Sleaford Mods’ Spare Ribs, a collection of jaundiced rants about days at home, politically-motivated ignorance and, as usual, the posing incompetence of Jason Williamson’s musical peers. Since 2012 when beatmaker Andrew Fearn joined, the Sleaford … Continue reading Sleaford Mods :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview

The World’s Behind You :: The Velvet Underground & Nico Reimagined The songs on the Velvet Underground’s epochal 1967 debut have been covered endlessly over the years, by everyone from rock royalty like David Bowie and R.E.M. to the lowliest garage bands. Coinciding with Todd Haynes’ hotly anticipated Velvets documentary, there’s a new, Hal Willner-produced … Continue reading The World’s Behind You :: The Velvet Underground & Nico Reimagined

Hiss Golden Messenger :: Quietly Blowing It On “Sanctuary,” the closing song on Hiss Golden Messenger’s ninth album, Quietly Blowing It, Mike Taylor sings: “Feeling bad, feeling blue, can’t get out of my own mind, but I know how to sing about it.” And thankfully, he does. For over a decade now, Hiss Golden Messenger … Continue reading Hiss Golden Messenger :: Quietly Blowing It

Sonny Sharrock, Steve Marcus, Miroslav Vitous, Daniel Humair :: Green Line In 1970, Sonny Sharrock was enthralling/confounding audiences as the resident axman in flute-maestro Herbie Mann’s touring ensemble, which also included Miroslav Vitous on bass, and early jazz-rock reedman Steve Marcus. All three had recorded great Mann-produced solo albums. They can be heard vibing behind … Continue reading Sonny Sharrock, Steve Marcus, Miroslav Vitous, Daniel Humair :: Green Line

Chico Hamilton:: El Chico (1965)

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Chico Hamilton:: El Chico (1965) You know Chico Hamilton and you don’t; he’s upfront with purpose but the mystery is preserved. (we overheard someone say something about his writing the jingle tune to Jello, but it’s unconfirmed.) There was always a wide variety of instrumentation in Chico’s ensembles (featuring unorthodox Jazz instruments like cellos, guitars, … Continue reading Chico Hamilton:: El Chico (1965)

The Lagniappe Sessions :: Carlos Niño & Friends Lagniappe (la ·gniappe) noun ‘lan-ˌyap,’ — 1. An extra or unexpected gift or benefit. 2. Something given or obtained as a gratuity or bonus. Carlos Niño picks up on frequencies. In return, he transmits them back out into the universe. He’s built a vast body of work via … Continue reading The Lagniappe Sessions :: Carlos Niño & Friends

We’re Great: A Conversation With Nico Walker In Iraq, Nico Walker received seven medals and commendations for valor. In Ohio, he robbed ten banks and shot heroin. In prison, he wrote a book, Cherry, and in Hollywood, it was turned into a major motion picture. None of this really matters though in the end times. … Continue reading We’re Great: A Conversation With Nico Walker

Radio Free Aquarium Drunkard :: July 2021 Sweltering Sunday on Radio Free Aquarium Drunkard on dublab. July 18 from 4—8 PM Pacific. Hour one features selections from Arthur Magazine‘s Golden Apples of the Sun compilation, a 2004 record curated by Devendra Banhart. In hour two, Range and Basin with Jason P. Woodbury reflects on death and heat. In hour three, … Continue reading Radio Free Aquarium Drunkard :: July 2021

Till the Stroke of Dawn :: A Discography of New England Garage Bands from the 1960s Ryan Walsh is the leader of Hallelujah the Hills and the author of Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968. Today he brings a deep look at the history of New England garage, centered around the extensive Till the … Continue reading Till the Stroke of Dawn :: A Discography of New England Garage Bands from the 1960s

Rodrigo Amarante :: Transmissions

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Rodrigo Amarante :: Transmissions Today on the show, Brazilian singer/songwriter Rodrigo Amarante joins us to discuss his new album, Drama. A lush and enveloping listen, it blends gentle pop with cinematic flourishes. Reflecting on the confines of masculinity, his artistic relationships with Noah Georgeson, Devendra Banhart, Little Joy, Los Hermanos, and much more, this conversation presents … Continue reading Rodrigo Amarante :: Transmissions

Always You :: Have It Your Way

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Always You :: Have It Your Way Twin brothers Anton and Christoph Hochheim have a lengthy musical resumé with bands including The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Beach Fossils, and the raging Hit Bargain. On the sophomore album from their collaborative project Always You (formerly known as Ablebody), the debonair duo lean into their … Continue reading Always You :: Have It Your Way

The Master Musicians of Joujouka :: Live in Paris The journey to the fabled Moroccan village of Joujouka typically begins in the coastal city of Tangier, which has long attracted a motley assortment of expats, weirdos, scofflaws, and cruise ship day-trippers. Taking a southbound train to Ksar el Kebir, the urban bustle gives way to … Continue reading The Master Musicians of Joujouka :: Live in Paris

The Lagniappe Sessions :: Sonny & The Sunsets (Second Session) Lagniappe (la ·gniappe) noun ‘lan-ˌyap,’ — 1. An extra or unexpected gift or benefit. 2. Something given or obtained as a gratuity or bonus. Following up their 2013 take on the VU and West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band, Sonny & The Sunsets return with their … Continue reading The Lagniappe Sessions :: Sonny & The Sunsets (Second Session)

Magic Tuber Stringband :: When Sorrows Encompass Me ‘Round On Magic Tuber Stringband’s second studio release, the Durham-based duo of Evan Morgan and Courtney Werner continue their exploration of folk musics within and without North Carolina. Over the course of seven new compositions and two traditional ones, Magic Tuber find harmony between Appalachian fiddle and … Continue reading Magic Tuber Stringband :: When Sorrows Encompass Me ‘Round

The Lagniappe Sessions :: Yuma Abe

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The Lagniappe Sessions :: Yuma Abe Lagniappe (la ·gniappe) noun ‘lan-ˌyap,’ — 1. An extra or unexpected gift or benefit. 2. Something given or obtained as a gratuity or bonus. Following an extended amount of time at home during the global pandemic, Tokyo-based singer-songwriter Yuma Abe was struck with a bout of inspiration. Away from his … Continue reading The Lagniappe Sessions :: Yuma Abe

Rose City Band :: Transmissions

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Rose City Band :: Transmissions It’s a bonus episode for you as we head into the weekend. Today on the show we’re joined by Ripley Johnson of Moon Duo, Wooden Shjips, and most recently, Rose City Band. Reviewing the latter’s excellent Earth Trip, an album of rural psychedelia, Aquarium Drunkard’s Tyler Wilcox praised Johnson’s zoned … Continue reading Rose City Band :: Transmissions

Devendra Banhart and Noah Georgeson Prep the ears for a supple pair of tracks from Devendra Banhart’s new ambient project with producer/engineer/longtime musical partner Noah Georgeson. “In A Cistern” and “Into Clouds” come from the duo’s forthcoming August release, Refuge, an ambient effort designed for deep listening. “Cistern” is a dulcet lullaby of strings, piano, … Continue reading Devendra Banhart and Noah Georgeson

Slapp Happy :: The Drum

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Slapp Happy :: The Drum It’s Slapp Happy season. Formed in Hamburg, Germany in 1972, Slapp Happy’s self-described “naive rock” found its footing in earnest on their sophomore, self-titled lp (alternately known as Casablanca Moon). Originally recorded with Faust as their backing band and buoyed by the vocal stylings of Dagmar Krause, the group’s idiosyncratic strain … Continue reading Slapp Happy :: The Drum