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Sunburned Hand Of The Man :: Headdress (20th Anniversary Remaster) Hegel says Minerva’s owl flies at dusk. He meant that we only come to have knowledge and understanding of a thing as that thing is passing away. But I don’t remember it that way. If you were young and weird at the end of the … Continue reading Sunburned Hand Of The Man :: Headdress (20th Anniversary Remaster)

Automne Six :: S/T

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Automne Six :: S/T Automne Six was the one-time collaboration of Phillippe Poirier and Stefan Schneider. Poirier, most notably in Kat Onoma, and Schneider, a member of To Rococo Rot, have churned out intriguing post-punk and avant-pop music under various guises since the mid-eighties. Twenty years after its initial release, Schneider’s label TAL has reissued … Continue reading Automne Six :: S/T

Aquarium Drunkard Book Club :: Chapter 20 Warren Zevon once said “We love to buy books because we believe we’re buying the time to read them.” But even if your towering “too read” pile can’t guarantee immortality, those pages can make life feel even more worth living. In this month’s stack: a comprehensive look at … Continue reading Aquarium Drunkard Book Club :: Chapter 20

Mythic Sunship :: Light/Flux

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Mythic Sunship :: Light/Flux When asked how the original Copenhagen garage trio Mythic Sunship brought bassist Rasmus Cleve Christensen into the group around 2015, drummer Frederik Denning confesses that they knew Christensen through a “Magic the Gathering and jazz” group. This, frankly, tells you much of what you need to know about the Sunship. And … Continue reading Mythic Sunship :: Light/Flux

No Salt, No Lint, No Cassettes: AD Interviews Author And kranky Co-Founder Bruce Adams If you are a regular reader of Aquarium Drunkard, when you hear names like ECM, Kompakt, or 4AD, you probably immediately associate those labels with their visionary founders: Manfred Eicher, Wolfgang Voigt, and Ivo-Watts Russell, respectively. Though Chicago’s kranky Records shares … Continue reading No Salt, No Lint, No Cassettes: AD Interviews Author And kranky Co-Founder Bruce Adams

Sylvie :: Up On The Wind

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Sylvie :: Up On The Wind Shot in the southern California mountain range surrounding Big Bear lake, “Up On The Wind” serves as a teaser of what’s to come next year on the Sylvie front. Aquarium Drunkard is powered by our patrons. Keep the servers humming and help us continue doing it by pledging your support … Continue reading Sylvie :: Up On The Wind

Billy Talbot of Crazy Horse :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview “When I joined Crazy Horse and we started playing, it became obvious to me that this band was much funkier than all the other bands I’d been in,” Neil Young told biographer Jimmy McDonough in Shakey. “And I noticed that some of the musicians I’d … Continue reading Billy Talbot of Crazy Horse :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview

The Gospel Of Fahey’s Christmas Soli

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The Gospel Of Fahey’s Christmas Soli As the Turkey-fare winds down and the boxes of Christmas decor make their way from the basement, a transition is needed. Ringing in the holiday season in subtlety requires a look no further than America’s finest composer and most innovative maestro of steel string. With a discography expanding beyond … Continue reading The Gospel Of Fahey’s Christmas Soli

Loner Folks :: Robert Lester Folsom, John Fizer, Trevor Beales The so-called “loner folk” genre has become a bit of a record collector cliché over the past decade or so. The danger of hyperbole when it comes to this music is always near; you know, “unknown genius singer-songwriter makes a masterpiece, only 30 copies ever made!” … Continue reading Loner Folks :: Robert Lester Folsom, John Fizer, Trevor Beales

Groove Orient: South Asian Elements in Psychedelic Jazz The late great jazz guitarist Pat Martino’s Baiyina (The Clear Evidence) resurfaced on vinyl this month. The album hadn’t been reissued since its first and only CD pressing in the late 1980s, and the original LPs are now rarer than hen’s teeth. Thankfully, the new edition retains … Continue reading Groove Orient: South Asian Elements in Psychedelic Jazz

Bitchin Bajas :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview Bitchin Bajas emerged from Chicago’s improv-experimental scene in 2010.  All three principals were from Columbia, Missouri, a progressive, college town oasis in a conservative state, and all made their way, eventually, to Chicago.  Cooper Crain and Rob Frye formed the instrumental drone experiment Cave, while Dan Quinlivan had … Continue reading Bitchin Bajas :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview

Ernest Hood :: Back to the Woodlands

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Ernest Hood :: Back to the Woodlands To really listen, and to really hear, takes practice. Recorded in the ’70s and early ’80s like his exceptional album Neighborhoods and presented again by the Freedom to Spend label, Back to the Woodlands by experimental composer and public radio explorer Ernest Hood offers a perfectly inviting space … Continue reading Ernest Hood :: Back to the Woodlands

Erasmo Carlos :: 1941-2022

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Erasmo Carlos :: 1941-2022 Yesterday, legendary Brazilian musician Erasmo Carlos passed away at 81. Often misunderstood and ridiculed, his genius was not so much in pioneering rock in the country and electrifying its traditionally acoustic music, nor in the pop culture universe that he and his Jovem Guarda friends founded and embodied — with comic … Continue reading Erasmo Carlos :: 1941-2022

Celtic Guru :: Van Morrison In The 80s | Beautiful Vision With Common One, Van Morrison embarked on the most distinctive public soul-search of any artist on the radar of the popular consciousness. Retrospectively regarded by many as his most accomplished record, the string of releases to follow would serve as companions in staking out … Continue reading Celtic Guru :: Van Morrison In The 80s | Beautiful Vision

Radio Free Aquarium Drunkard :: November 22 Radio Free Aquarium Drunkard, every third Sunday on dublab. Up first on our four-hour broadcast, Tyler Wilcox’s Doom and Gloom from the Tomb, sliding into Jason P. Woodbury’s Range and Basin and Chad DePasquale’s New Happy Gathering. To close the show out, a special airing of an episode … Continue reading Radio Free Aquarium Drunkard :: November 22

Videodrome :: Let’s Get Lost (1988)

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Videodrome :: Let’s Get Lost (1988) (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.) When Bruce Weber’s documentary Let’s Get Lost premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, its subject was already dead. Four months earlier, … Continue reading Videodrome :: Let’s Get Lost (1988)

Diversions :: Orions Belte

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Diversions :: Orions Belte The previous installment of Diversions found multi-instrumentalist Spencer Zahn diving deep into the sonic world of fellow traveler, Keith Jarrett. This edition finds us in the hands of Kim Åge Furuhaug, who drums for the Norwegian trio Orions Belte. An AD favorite (listen to their 2021 Lagniappe Session, here) the group … Continue reading Diversions :: Orions Belte

Saturnalia: Deep Jazz for Long Nights, 1969-1980 The days are growing shorter and the holidays are upon us. And before long, you might find yourself with a house full of friends, family and neighbors. In a perfect world, your dearest relations have the same expansive, searching taste in music that you do. But here on … Continue reading Saturnalia: Deep Jazz for Long Nights, 1969-1980

fling ii :: S/T

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fling ii :: S/T The group chat is, in many cases, where even the mildest ambitions go to die: Impulsive hiking trips, pickup basketball games, and attempted excursions to see if the live NASCAR audience is “really about that life” have all stalled like so much well-meaning legislation in a complicated bicameral government. Count Fling … Continue reading fling ii :: S/T

The Lagniappe Sessions :: Takuro Okada

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The Lagniappe Sessions :: Takuro Okada Lagniappe (la ·gniappe) noun ‘lan-ˌyap,’ — 1. An extra or unexpected gift or benefit. 2. Something given or obtained as a gratuity or bonus. As 2022 winds to a close, we are wrapping up this year’s installment of the Lagniappe Sessions with the Tokyo based artist Takuro Okada. The set … Continue reading The Lagniappe Sessions :: Takuro Okada

Isla Craig :: Echo’s Reach

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Isla Craig :: Echo’s Reach There’s a lightness, a sort of levitational glow, about Isla Craig’s presence on her new album, Echo’s Reach. Blending her r&b sensibilities with canvases of jazzy chamber soul, knotty art-pop, and rumbling psychedelic dirges, the Toronto-based vocalist takes her piano-led meditations on nature and its wondrous, joining expanse, in unexpected … Continue reading Isla Craig :: Echo’s Reach

Adrie :: Blind Spot

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Adrie :: Blind Spot Adrie began as a one-woman project in 2015, and released the humbly named my first ADRIE album on Tortellini Records three years later. Double-tracked with breathy guitar chords and melodic scaling overtop, the songs on the debut found themselves tempered with reserved and compassionate vocals. On Blind Spot, her second album, Adrie … Continue reading Adrie :: Blind Spot

Ahuja Bello & His Golden Eagles Band :: Late Bobo Doherty (1982) Nigeria, 1982. Released the same year as King Sunny Adé’s masterful Juju Music, this incoming medley of highlife-psych jumps in at the six-minute mark of the side-A medley from Ahuja Bello and His Golden Eagles Band’s Late Bobo Doherty. Born Ismaila Dele Bello, … Continue reading Ahuja Bello & His Golden Eagles Band :: Late Bobo Doherty (1982)