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Ryo Kawasaki :: Juice

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Ryo Kawasaki :: Juice A deeply pleasing sensation arises when terrific cover art not only fully delivers on the music, but also bears a distinct resemblance to it. Ryo Kawasaki’s 1976 jazz-funk album Juice is one such record. Bright and refreshing like a piece of citrus, peel the skin back and you’ll find an electric … Continue reading Ryo Kawasaki :: Juice

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)

Omertà :: Collection Particulière Omertà is comprised of five musicians from a handful of projects that line the interior of France’s experimental underground, notably La Société Étrange, releasing limited edition pressings on labels like Standard In-Fi, Desastre, and La Novià. Each of the members, and their associated groups, possess krautrock’s stealthy octave climbing and open … Continue reading Omertà :: Collection Particulière

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 Lagniappe Sessions :: Tim Bernardes Lagniappe (la ·gniappe) noun ‘lan-ˌyap,’ — 1. An extra or unexpected gift or benefit. 2. Something given or obtained as a gratuity or bonus. São Paulo’s Tim Bernardes swept us off our feet earlier this month with his new album, Mil Coisas Invisíveis. Across fifteen tracks sung in beautiful, tender … Continue reading The Lagniappe Sessions :: Tim Bernardes

Aquarium Drunkard Book Club :: Chapter 17 Welcome back to the stacks. It’s Aquarium Drunkard’s Book Club, our monthly gathering of recent (or not so recent) recommended reading. This month: the proto T-Rex lit of Marc Bolan, a regional love letter to the art of the concert poster, a deep dive into Dilla’s unique time … Continue reading Aquarium Drunkard Book Club :: Chapter 17

The Lagniappe Sessions :: Neal Francis Lagniappe (la ·gniappe) noun ‘lan-ˌyap,’ — 1. An extra or unexpected gift or benefit. 2. Something given or obtained as a gratuity or bonus. The past few years have seen Neal Francis carve out his name with an incendiary live show and a refreshingly well-schooled, analog-obsessed interpretation of 70s soul. … Continue reading The Lagniappe Sessions :: Neal Francis

Travesía :: Ni Un Minuto Más De Dolor Under the name Travesía, the trio of Estela Magnone, Mariana Ingold, and Mayra Hugo graced a handful of albums that defined the direction of Uruguay’s music coming out from under a dictatorship in the early 1980s: Jorge Galemire’s Segundos Afuera (1983), Leo Maslíah’s Recital especial (1983), Eduardo … Continue reading Travesía :: Ni Un Minuto Más De Dolor

Sessa :: Estrela Acesa

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Sessa :: Estrela Acesa A celestial nocturne, Estrela Acesa is the sophomore stunner from Sessa. It’s been three years since the São Paulo-born singer-songwriter dropped his perennially stellar debut, Grandeza—a jubilant, sun-dappled LP embodying a confluence of Brazil’s rich past and musical traditions. But where Grandeza was an ode to temporal pleasures, Estrela Acesa is … Continue reading Sessa :: Estrela Acesa

Transmissions :: Mark Stewart (The Pop Group), Stephen Mallinder (Cabaret Voltaire), Eric Random (The Buzzcocks) This week on Transmissions, a post-punk roundtable with Mark Stewart of The Pop Group, Stephen Mallinder of Cabaret Voltaire, Eric Random (The Buzzcocks, Nico). On Mark’s latest album, VS, they team up for “Cast No Shadow,” which was made in … Continue reading Transmissions :: Mark Stewart (The Pop Group), Stephen Mallinder (Cabaret Voltaire), Eric Random (The Buzzcocks)

Tim Bernardes :: Mil Coisas Invisíveis A folk singer, a dreamer, a soul. On his newly released sophomore album, Mil Coisas Invisíveis, São Paulo’s Tim Bernardes brings his diaristic existentialism to vibrant sonic life. Whether accompanied with just his guitar, or surrounded by handclap percussion, swelling string arrangements, and muted woodwinds, he stakes his claim … Continue reading Tim Bernardes :: Mil Coisas Invisíveis

Ennio Morricone: Sans Mobile Apparent (Bande Originale du Film) / Freddie Hubbard: Music Is Here – Live at Maison de la Radio, Paris 1973 Over the past half decade the Paris based label WeWantSounds has released some of our most favorite reissues in a number of genres: Spiritual Jazz (Frank Foster’s The Loud Minority, Don … Continue reading Ennio Morricone: Sans Mobile Apparent (Bande Originale du Film) / Freddie Hubbard: Music Is Here – Live at Maison de la Radio, Paris 1973

Revelators Sound System :: Revelators The inner and the outer. We’re inclined to view them as separate things, but they are tied together. REVELATORS is the collaborative project between MC Taylor (Hiss Golden Messenger) and Cameron Ralston (Spacebomb House Band). Utilizing solitary guitar loops recorded by Taylor at Dad’s Bar in Grill, Durham NC, Ralston … Continue reading Revelators Sound System :: Revelators

Sá & Guarabyra :: As Canções Que Eu Faço During the 1970s, Brazilian luminaires Sá, Rodrix & Guarabyra invented what they called “rural rock” as a mixture of anglophone folk rock and música caipira (an umbrella term for the Iberian-descending, acoustic-guitar-based musics from the countryside of Brazil). In 1974, Rodrix dropped the band and Sá … Continue reading Sá & Guarabyra :: As Canções Que Eu Faço

Isaiah Collier & Michael Shekwoaga Ode (I AM) :: Beyond The Art Ensemble of Chicago’s expression, “Great Black Music: Ancient to the future,” is a program for life and not a mere slogan. It reminds us that we cannot move forward without reference to the past; that we must respect and respond to our elders. … Continue reading Isaiah Collier & Michael Shekwoaga Ode (I AM) :: Beyond

Spacemonkeyz Vs. Gorillaz :: Laika Come Home All mouths will be fed. Twenty years ago next month saw the release of Laika Come Home, a complete and total transfiguration of Gorillaz s/t debut as remixed in dub. Spacemonkeyz (dj Darren Galea) is the controller, and the results are nothing short of sublime. At times haunting, … Continue reading Spacemonkeyz Vs. Gorillaz :: Laika Come Home

Radio Free Aquarium Drunkard On Dublab :: June 2022 Radio Free Aquarium Drunkard returns for four hours of freeform melodies and modulations this Sunday, June 19, airing this month from 7-11 PM Pacific, following a series of special Juneteenth broadcasts. Up first is New Happy Gathering with an hour of psychedelic dub, drum machine funk, … Continue reading Radio Free Aquarium Drunkard On Dublab :: June 2022

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

Transmissions :: Longform Editions

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Transmissions :: Longform Editions Welcome back to Aquarium Drunkard Transmissions. This week on the show, we’re joined by Andrew Khedoori and Mark Gowing of Longform Editions.  Transmissions :: Longform Editions Home to extended experimental works by previous Transmissions guests like William Tyler, Carlos Nino, and Angel Bat Dawid—plus, many more avant composers and music makers, … Continue reading Transmissions :: Longform Editions