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Hand Habits :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview Even if you don’t know Hand Habits, you’re likely to have heard Meg Duffy playing guitar. The artist has played guitar in Kevin Morby’s band, sits in with Perfume Genius, and, on a more occasional basis, has lent their skills to Sylvan Esso, the War on Drugs, Mega … Continue reading Hand Habits :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview

Concrete Music: On Chris Mosdell’s Equasian Poet Chris Mosdell began his lyrical career by writing for a gamut of emerging Japanese bands (Sadistics, Sheena and the Rokkets, and Sandii and the Sunsets) in the late 70s after moving to Tokyo from England to work for Japanese public radio. His catalog now boasts a long list of … Continue reading Concrete Music: On Chris Mosdell’s Equasian

Feast of Smoke :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview On the self-titled from Feast of Smoke, husband and wife Paul and Amber Oldham wrap their voices together over stripped down guitars, trading noir haze and cryptic lyrics. Best known for his work as an producer, engineer, and his many collaborations with his brother Bonnie “Prince” Billy … Continue reading Feast of Smoke :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview

Highway Butterfly :: David Schools on Neal Casal There is a lyric in Maybe California, “Don’t forget the old times my friend ’cause you know they were good times.” Originally sung by Casal on his 1995 album, Fade Away Diamond Time, the lyric rests in the melody as poignantly as it is poetic. 25 years … Continue reading Highway Butterfly :: David Schools on Neal Casal

The Bevis Frond :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview Nick Saloman of the Bevis Frond first began banging out psychedelic guitar riffs as a schoolboy, starting out on his instrument at age six and immersing himself in an exploding U.K. and American rock movement. He caught Jimi Hendrix on the television show, Ready Steady Go, in 1966 … Continue reading The Bevis Frond :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview

Night Shop :: For A While

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Night Shop :: For A While Justin Sullivan’s Night Shop returns early next year with the release of Forever Night. The album’s second single, “For A While”, features Jess Williamson guesting on vox, with an accompanying video directed by Jeff Davenport and Cooper Kenward. A continuum, the four minute vignette picks up where the “Forever … Continue reading Night Shop :: For A While

Tim Story :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview The death of Dieter Moebius in 2015 brought to a close one of the most dynamic careers in electronic music. From his earliest efforts as a member of pioneering Krautrock acts Cluster and Harmonia through collaborations with Brian Eno, Conny Plank, and Guru Guru leader Mani Neumeier, Moebius … Continue reading Tim Story :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview

Marissa Nadler :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview Since the early aughts, Marissa Nadler has made a chillingly beautiful kind of music, based on intricate folk-picked guitar and deeply personal. Trained in visual arts at Rhode Island School of Design, she began singing at open mics in Boston nearly two decades ago, and has since made … Continue reading Marissa Nadler :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview

Bedouine :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview On the heels of two outstanding studio records, singer-songwriter Azniv Korkejian (Bedouine) has crafted an enviable trajectory sharing a creative space akin to the folk sphere of Karen Dalton or Nick Drake. The immediate embrace of the material is only matched by Korkejian’s intriguing, dizzying path to date: incessant … Continue reading Bedouine :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview

Daniel Romano :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview Since his debut onto the Canadian music scene just over a decade ago, multi-instrumentalist, poet, and visual artist, Daniel Romano has been living every aspect of the word prolific. Now with close to 20 releases under his belt (including 10 in last year alone) the artist just dropped … Continue reading Daniel Romano :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview

Hayden Pedigo :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview Leave it to Texas guitarist Hayden Pedigo to confound. On the cover of the 27-year-old’s latest album, a pristine collection of carefully played and beautifully arranged solo acoustic guitar called Letting Go, Pedigo stands adorned in black-metal style corpse paint in front of a big rig. Absurdist humor … Continue reading Hayden Pedigo :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview

Gordon Gano (Violent Femmes) :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview 40 years on, it’s still hard to know how to classify the Violent Femmes. But taking in the recently reissued Add It Up (1981-1993) compilation, which pulls from the band’s genre-blurring first five albums, and Craft Recordings’ expanded 30th anniversary edition of the band’s 1991 fifth … Continue reading Gordon Gano (Violent Femmes) :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview

Pastor TL Barrett :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview Fifty years ago, Pastor Thomas Lee Barrett, better known as T.L., went into The Sound Market Studio in Chicago with his Youth For Christ Choir and recorded a testimony of faith. The result: “Like a Ship … (Without a Sail),”  Barrett’s signature song, and a gospel album … Continue reading Pastor TL Barrett :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview

Matthew E. White :: K Bay Documentary

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Matthew E. White :: K Bay Documentary It has been a busy, introspective six years since the last solo offering from the prolific Matthew E. White. While operating the Richmond, VA based Spacebomb Studio that he founded (with production duties including Bedouine and Natalie Prass), earlier this year saw the release of an innovative collaborative … Continue reading Matthew E. White :: K Bay Documentary

Videodrome :: Catching Up With Filmmaker Craig Zobel (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 remember the first time I saw Compliance, Craig Zobel‘s second film, in the summer of 2012. I had heard about … Continue reading Videodrome :: Catching Up With Filmmaker Craig Zobel

Deep Listening With Lawrence English

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Deep Listening With Lawrence English Learning to listen—to actually listen—can be a revelatory process. So overloaded are we, each and every day, by constant visual stimuli, that depriving ourselves of one of our main senses, sight, and focusing intently on what we hear can be a truly aural epiphany. Of course, sounds also incessantly clamor … Continue reading Deep Listening With Lawrence English

Sam Evian :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview Sam Evian’s forthcoming album Time to Melt aspires to address the strife of the present and sound good while cooking dinner. No short order, but with its lush sounds and warm nods in the direction of Sly and the Family Stone, T Rex, and Shuggie Ottis, he’s pulled … Continue reading Sam Evian :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview

Shintaro Sakamoto :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview On The Feeling of Love EP, Tokyo-based songwriter Shintaro Sakamoto sings with longing about the warmth of companionship and a nightclub where everyone looks cool and the music feels just right in. Written and recorded as the global pandemic ruled gathering and nightclubbing out, the four song collection … Continue reading Shintaro Sakamoto :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview

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

Sons of Raphael :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview “Love bows its head/And time morphs into space,” begins the second verse of Sons of Raphael’s “Revolution,” which opens the band’s debut Full-Throated Messianic Homage. London-based brothers Loral and Ronnel Raphael populate their debut with no shortage of mythology and the musical grandiosity to match, evoking ’60s … Continue reading Sons of Raphael :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview

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

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

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

Steve Cropper :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview There are plenty of moments of sticky and smokey R&B grit on Steve Cropper’s Fire It Up, a collaboration between the 79-year-old MGs guitarist, producer Jon Tiven, and vocalist Roger C. Reale. But it’s the album’s lone instrumental, “Bush Hog,” that most clearly demonstrates the attack and grace … Continue reading Steve Cropper :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview

The Chills :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview Since their emergence out of Dunedin in in the early 1980s, the Chills have been one of New Zealand’s best pop bands, the authors of wistful, dreamy “Pink Frost,” the jaunty elegy “I Love My Leather Jacket” and exuberant “Heavenly Pop Hit.” Along with the Clean, the Bats, … Continue reading The Chills :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview

Frank “Poncho” Sampedro :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview Recent months have been good for Crazy Horse fans. First, we got Archives, Volume II, a deep dive into Neil Young’s insanely fertile mid-1970s period. The 10-disc set features a wealth of previously unheard Horse material, from a one-off 1974 session at the legendary Chess Studios to … Continue reading Frank “Poncho” Sampedro :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview