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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

Aquarium Drunkard Book Club :: Chapter Nine Welcome back to the stacks. It’s Aquarium Drunkard’s Book Club, our monthly gathering of recent (or not so recent) recommended reading. Your librarians this month are Tyler Wilcox, Justin Gage, Jason Woodbury, and Kyle Fortinsky. Home Before Daylight: My Life on the Road with the Grateful Dead, Steve Parrish: … Continue reading Aquarium Drunkard Book Club :: Chapter Nine

Corntuth :: The Desert Is Paper Thin

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Corntuth :: The Desert Is Paper Thin A bucolic atmosphere abounds on Corntuth’s newest album, The Desert Is Paper Thin. For this set of warm, unhurried instrumentals, the Brooklyn-based producer is joined by Nashville’s Pete Finney on pedal steel, lending a distinctive new layer of “cosmic pedal steel” not heard on Corntuth’s gentle (and equally … Continue reading Corntuth :: The Desert Is Paper Thin

Manasseh Meets The Equaliser :: Dub The Millennium Dub The Millennium. First released in 1993, Manasseh’s swirling medley of dub, reggae, electronic and U.K. indie. The original vinyl edition of the lp is home to ten tracks, the CD twelve. This matters, as the eleventh, “Souljah”, is a high watermark of the album-long exercise in … Continue reading Manasseh Meets The Equaliser :: Dub The Millennium

Swallow Cave :: I’m Glad (Captain Beefheart Cover) A low-key highlight off 1967’s Safe As Milk, the soulful doo-wop of Captain Beefheart’s “I’m Glad” as transmuted in the hands of U.K. outfit, Swallow Cave. Steadily sedate, the four piece stays true to the original, yet imbue the material with a gloaming air of haunted, lovelorn … Continue reading Swallow Cave :: I’m Glad (Captain Beefheart Cover)

Venezuela 70: Cosmic Visions Of A Latin American Earth Released in 2016, and followed with a second volume in 2018, Soul Jazz’s Venezuela 70: (Cosmic Visions of a Latin American Earth: Venezuelan Experimental Rock in the 1970’s) is a heady brew and one hot stew of a melting pot, blending Latin rhythms and Venezuelan roots … Continue reading Venezuela 70: Cosmic Visions Of A Latin American Earth

Powers / Rolin Duo :: Strange Fortune

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Powers / Rolin Duo :: Strange Fortune It’s been a prosperous year for the ever-unfolding iterations of the Powers/Rolin consciousness. Strange Fortune delves ever further into the duo’s own hall of mirrors, offering yet another facet of their diamond-mind union. Each piece flows effortlessly, and it would be easy to think of the record as … Continue reading Powers / Rolin Duo :: Strange Fortune

Color Green :: S/T EP

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Color Green :: S/T EP In anticipation of their forthcoming full-length, slide into Color Green’s self-titled ep from last year; a laid back twenty minute ride harnessing the spirit of peak-era 70s coast and canyon. Bootcut tall tales dripping with pedal steel, lilting harmonies and an aching sense of wonder. Something they use to call … Continue reading Color Green :: S/T EP

Whitney K :: Cowboy City Rockers

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Whitney K :: Cowboy City Rockers Following the gentle cacophony of low-key album opener, “Good Morning”, Whitney K’s Two Years formally announces itself with a Velvets chug on “Trans-Canada Oil Boom Blues” — but hold on, hoss, it’s a few tracks deeper in that we find the heart of the album, “Cowboy City Rockers”. Recounting … Continue reading Whitney K :: Cowboy City Rockers

Captain Beefheart :: Observatory Crest If there is indeed a season for every song, Beefheart’s “Observatory Crest” is unequivocally late summer. Particularly late summer in Los Angeles. A bright spot via the Captain’s oft-maligned lp, Bluejeans & Moonbeams, “Crest” hangs in a liminal space somewhere between revisiting a journal entry and bittersweet nostalgia. Beyond the … Continue reading Captain Beefheart :: Observatory Crest

Beachwood Sparks :: Sandbox Sessions

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Beachwood Sparks :: Sandbox Sessions As the eponymous Beachwood Sparks debut celebrates 20 years, some fascinating rarities have surfaced including this particularly intriguing nugget: a recently unearthed tape consisting of unreleased studio tracks (recorded prior to the first album). Here we find the earliest cuts of songs like live staple “Time”, a self-proclaimed “sweet slice of melancholy … Continue reading Beachwood Sparks :: Sandbox Sessions

Madrigal :: S/T (1971)

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Madrigal :: S/T (1971) Madrigal’s self-titled album, reissued via Subliminal Sounds in 2017. A slice of early 70s lo-fi, basement DIY, experimenting with oscillating drones, drum machines, vox, electric guitar and bass. Or: haunted, subterranean folk music as heard through a slab of dilapidated drywall. Madrigal :: The Ballad (Dreams) For heads by heads. Aquarium Drunkard … Continue reading Madrigal :: S/T (1971)

Help Yourself :: Old Man

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Help Yourself :: Old Man Culled from their 1971 s/t album, “Old Man” remains a top contender for best fake CSNY. No shade, it’s great. With multi-part harmonies, interweaving guitar tangle, and a straight-up, preemptive sixth sense nod to Neil’s own “Old Man” from a year later, its near seven minute runtime is completely satisfying. … Continue reading Help Yourself :: Old Man

Elis Regina :: Golden Slumbers (1971)

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Elis Regina :: Golden Slumbers (1971) Covering the Beatles is often met with mixed results, but Brazilian songstress Elis Regina pulled it off in 1971 via her rendering of “Golden Slumbers”. Singing in English, released two years after Abbey Road, Regina works McCartney’s nostalgic lament into a soulful, orchestrated, vamp. Straightforward in approach, with echo-laden … Continue reading Elis Regina :: Golden Slumbers (1971)

Brian Protheroe :: Pinball

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Brian Protheroe :: Pinball We may or may not have a playlist entitled Let’s Have Sax — one entirely comprised of vintage pop tunes with choice saxxy interludes. We’re not saying we do… but if we did, the elegant one-hit wonder that is Brian Protheroe’s “Pinball” would surely slide in midway through. Released in 1974, … Continue reading Brian Protheroe :: Pinball

Rachika Nayar: fragments

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Rachika Nayar: fragments Sometimes things can seem so simple: an obvious melody, a limited amount of instrumentation, a lo-fi recording. And yet… Spending some time with Rachika Nayar’s short new collection of songs, fragments, allows the listener to discover new things with every listen. Recorded by herself in her bedroom, these eleven “sonic miniatures” (the … Continue reading Rachika Nayar: fragments

Wednesday :: One More Last One

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Wednesday :: One More Last One On “One More Last One,” Asheville’s Wednesday blanket haunted romance with distortion. The band bills the sound featured on the group’s forthcoming album Twin Plagues, set to release on August 13th, “country gaze.” The inspiration of Appalachia dots the band’s discography, blending acoustic elements with overdrive and reverb. “One … Continue reading Wednesday :: One More Last One

Ananda Shankar :: Streets of Calcutta “I have had a dream to try to combine Western and Indian music into a new form, a music which has no particular name but is melodious and touching, and which combines the most modern electronic devices with the old traditional instrument, the sitar.” Following the release of his … Continue reading Ananda Shankar :: Streets of Calcutta

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

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

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

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

Amen Dunes :: Feel Nothing (featuring Sleaford Mods) Last we heard from Amen Dunes, he was chanting Freedom, an oceanic surge of devotional sonic mysticism expanding infinitely around him. Now, on “Feel Nothing”—a new track with Sleaford Mods and the first new music from Dunes’ Damon McMahon in three years—he chants Kingdom. Upon a heavily … Continue reading Amen Dunes :: Feel Nothing (featuring Sleaford Mods)

The Upsetter: The Life And Music of Lee “Scratch” Perry Here’s one to most definitely catch before the man takes it down. The definitive life story chronicling Jamaican music legend–the upsetter–Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry. Narrated by Benicio Del Toro and directed by Ethan Higbee & Adam Bhala Lough. Further Reading: Lee “Scratch” Perry :: The Aquarium … Continue reading The Upsetter: The Life And Music of Lee “Scratch” Perry