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Alisha Sufit of Magic Carpet :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview Magic Carpet were a London based group that consisted of four members: Alisha Sufit, Clem Alford, Jim Moyes and Keshav Sathe. The band recorded one album in the winter of ‘71-72 on the English based label Mushroom. Influenced by the sitar and other cosmic elements … Continue reading Alisha Sufit of Magic Carpet :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview

Robyn Hitchcock :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview “My life is too long and fractured now for me to attempt a memoir,” Robyn Hitchcock recently wrote. “My songs are my true autobiography—it’s all in there, if you know where to look.” If that’s the case, the latest chapter in Hitchcock’s story is the brand-new SHUFFLEMANIA!, the … Continue reading Robyn Hitchcock :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview

June McDoom :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview On “Babe, You Light Me Up,” the opening statement from her self-titled EP, June McDoom layers her delicate folk rock with synthy textures and kaleidoscopic ambiance. The mood is sustained through the rest of the collection, out this week from Temporary Residence. There’s a tender quality to McDoom’s … Continue reading June McDoom :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview

Dead Notes #16: The Dead Tape Collector (Mark A. Rodriguez) Interview You asked, we sort of listened. We’re pausing Dead Notes‘ hiatus, which began in early 2018 following our Mickey Hart interview. That conversation sent me down a different creative shakedown, resulting in a burgeoning career creating artwork for many of my heroes—The Grateful Dead … Continue reading Dead Notes #16: The Dead Tape Collector (Mark A. Rodriguez) Interview

‘Round About Midnight: A Conversation With Adrian Sherwood Around midnight I began to blast Horace Andy’s new album, Midnight Scorchers. My neighbor, Keith Vignola, in turn began to blast his other new album, Midnight Rocker. He grilled barbecue chicken and his dog howled. I turned up the bass and he turned up the bass and … Continue reading ‘Round About Midnight: A Conversation With Adrian Sherwood

Small Sur :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview Nearly a decade from the release of Labor, Bob Keal’s Small Sur project has returned with the remarkable Attic Room. Presented is a deeply personal record capturing slivers of life from the father, teacher, woodworker, and songwriter. Keal showcases an ability to take a second in time – … Continue reading Small Sur :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview

Tommy McLain :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview For the uninitiated Tommy McLain’s music has been categorized as Swamp Pop. A term that was popularized by author John Broven in his wonderfully enthusiastic and extremely well researched book about the depth and range of the music of the Bayous of Louisiana entitled “South To Louisiana”. I … Continue reading Tommy McLain :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview

The Mistakes Make It Interesting :: A Conversation With Kurt Wagner of Lambchop Talking to Kurt Wagner is some of the easiest talking one can do if you don’t overthink yourself. He’s a warm presence, full of praise for his fellow artists’ work and humble when delving into the machinations of his own. We sat … Continue reading The Mistakes Make It Interesting :: A Conversation With Kurt Wagner of Lambchop

Mess Esque :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview Mess Esque is a collaboration between Helen Franzmann (McKisko) and guitarist Mick Turner of Dirty Three, known for incisive playing on records by Cat Power, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, and Kurt Vile and Courtney Barnett. On their self-titled album, recorded remotely and released in 2021 by Drag City Records, the … Continue reading Mess Esque :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview

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Mad Anthony :: The Lost Tapes Upcoming project The Lost Tapes by lost seventies band Mad Anthony is not your typical archival release. For Los Angeles-based musician Ben Schwab (Drugdealer & Golden Daze), it’s more than personal. Ben’s father John was a member of the band, whose three part vocal harmonies recall the soulful, rootsy … Continue reading Mad Anthony :: The Lost Tapes

The Aquarium Drunkard Interview :: Oren Ambarchi Experimental guitarist Oren Ambarchi is one of music’s most prolific and inventive collaborators, working with everyone from Keith Rowe and Keiji Haino to Jim O’Rourke and Merzbow in largely improvised sessions, then layering the results into intricate constructed pieces that blur the boundaries between jazz, noise, rock, minimalism, … Continue reading The Aquarium Drunkard Interview :: Oren Ambarchi

The Aquarium Drunkard Interview :: OSEES’ John Dwyer John Dwyer is a force of nature. I ran into him first when he was in Coachwhips—and at least four other bands, not including joke bands, of which there were several—setting up a battered PA on the floor at Beerland one afternoon at an aughts SXSW. A … Continue reading The Aquarium Drunkard Interview :: OSEES’ John Dwyer

Oligarchs And Water: A Conversation With Daughn Gibson Daughn Gibson’s voice travels in a barrel of baritone, often describing the life of someone with much to gain and nothing to lose. A unique mix of pedal steel guitar, programming, and synthesizers accompanies his solo releases, and his online presence is on par with your father. … Continue reading Oligarchs And Water: A Conversation With Daughn Gibson

Color Green :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview From the analog tape-hiss of their eponymous EP to the well-placed studio sheen of the singles released earlier this year, Color Green’s Noah Kohll and Corey Madden have revealed themselves to be adaptable at every turn, as they cut their own route through the hazy byways of cosmic … Continue reading Color Green :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview

Marquee Friends: A Conversation With Matt O’Keefe (Baby Chuck) For better or worse, there is something within us that won’t give up. I suspect it’s called the spirit or soul, and whether it’s reaching for someone’s hand, the last mile of a marathon, or, in my case, the last bite of a sandwich, these are … Continue reading Marquee Friends: A Conversation With Matt O’Keefe (Baby Chuck)

Andy Paley :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview Depending on your entry point, Andy Paley’s body of work might be familiar via a number of unique gateways. Beach Boys fan? Brian Wilson’s proclamation of Paley being “the greatest musical genius I’ve ever come across” might pique your curiosity, as Paley was instrumental to Wilson’s renaissance period during … Continue reading Andy Paley :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview

The Running Kind: David Cantwell on Merle Haggard David Cantwell is a critic and journalist, and co-author (with Bill Friskics-Warren) of Heartaches by the Number: Country Music’s 500 Greatest Singles. Last month, he released a revision of his book on Merle Haggard, which originally appeared in 2013. The Running Kind: Listening to Merle Haggard is, … Continue reading The Running Kind: David Cantwell on Merle Haggard

Zach Phillips :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview Zach Phillips’ OSR Tapes is probably among the most admired contemporary labels you’ve never heard of. Defining Phillips’ style in one paragraph is as hard as summarizing the history of the dozens of pseudonyms he has composed under. Blanche Blanche Blanche, Fievel is Glauque, Perfect Angels, Lilith Outcome, … Continue reading Zach Phillips :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview

Taper’s Choice :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview On a chilly mid-December evening in 2021, prior to the rush of the holidays, a new era in jam was born. With nary a note being heard, the band — whose collective pedigree was known — took to the stage in front of a sold out crowd at Gold … Continue reading Taper’s Choice :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview

Carson McHone :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview Carson McHone has been singing on the barroom stages of Austin, Texas since she was 16 years old. She’s a rare contemporary country artist who was born and raised in the Lone Star State, rather than moving to the rootsy music mecca to try and make it. Following … Continue reading Carson McHone :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview

Terry Allen :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview Terry Allen is the most singular of artists. A singer-songwriter as acclaimed for his art career (or vice-versa), he’s written and recorded legendary albums like Juarez, his 1975 blood-soaked travelogue debut, but he’s also created sculptures that reside inside airports and outside skyscrapers and universities. He’s written songs … Continue reading Terry Allen :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview

Sharon Van Etten :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview Sharon Van Etten has been in near constant motion since she emerged in 2009 as one of indie rock’s most distinctive and lovely voices. Over the last 13 years, she has formed bands, explored rock and electronic sounds and written some of popular music’s most wrenching, self-revealing … Continue reading Sharon Van Etten :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview

Return To Hot Chicken :: James McNew Reveals The Secrets Of Yo La Tengo’s I Can Hear The Heart Beating As One A good way to start an argument is to ask fans to name the very best Yo La Tengo record. You’ll get someone who says the band peaked with Painful or a latter-day … Continue reading Return To Hot Chicken :: James McNew Reveals The Secrets Of Yo La Tengo’s I Can Hear The Heart Beating As One

Sagittaire :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview Back in June 2020, I was sent an album by Sagittaire, the alias of LA’s Ivan Mairesse. The title Lovely Music was the first thing that intrigued me, especially when my suspicions were confirmed that he was playing tribute to the late “Blue” Gene Tyranny and his label. After … Continue reading Sagittaire :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview

Richard Thompson :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview You’d have to imagine that Werner Herzog is not a man who is easily impressed. But there’s a moment in In The Edges, Erik Nelson’s short film documenting the sessions for the Grizzly Man soundtrack, where the legendary filmmaker seems positively overcome. As Richard Thompson improvises a dark, … Continue reading Richard Thompson :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview