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Jean-Claude Vannier: Histoire De Melody Vannier / A Medley

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 21:18:05 +0000

Histoire De Melody Vannier: Sixty slices of rare, vintage Parisian prog and pop-psych from the musical mind of Jean-Claude Vannier. A name likely familiar to the cognoscere surrounding his work with Serge Gainsbourg’s Histoire de Melody Nelson, the French composer Jean-Claude Vannier was paid a loving tribute in 2008 via Andy Votel’s kaleidoscopic medley of […]

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Screamin’ Jay Hawkins :: Monkberry Moon Delight

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 12:00:26 +0000

I recently wrapped up reading Mark Binelli’s 2016 tome Screamin’ Jay Hawkins All-Time Greatest Hits. Part novel, part historical account, the book offered Binelli a chance to explore the enigmatic singer, and the excellent author dug far deeper than his trademark 1956 hit “I Put a Spell on You.” Over his many decades, Hawkins excelled at […]

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Jack Cooper :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 13:00:21 +0000

No stranger to the pages of Aquarium Drunkard, Ultimate Painting’s Jack Cooper and I were introduced several years back over a mutual love of the Grateful Dead. Earlier this year he sent me a brief email saying, ‘Hey, I am working on a solo album and here is a rough mix – would you listen […]

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The Clientele :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 13:01:58 +0000

Few returns in 2017 have been as welcome as that of London’s the Clientele. It feels like a couple lifetimes have passed since 2010’s Minotaur, but Music For the Age of Miracles, released this week via Merge Records, shows no discernible wear and tear on the band’s unmistakable sound. Airy, autumnal, and possessing a twilight magic, the […]

Harry Dean Stanton :: Canción Mixteca

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 17:04:49 +0000

Speaking with Esquire in 2009, the late Harry Dean Stanton said, “Everyone wants an answer. I think it was Gertrude Stein who wrote, ‘There is no answer, there never was an answer, there’ll never be an answer. That’s the answer.’ It’s a hard sell, but that’s the ultimate truth.” Stanton died last week on September […]

SIRIUS/XMU :: Aquarium Drunkard Show (Noon EST, Channel 35)

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 15:50:25 +0000

Our weekly two hour show on SIRIUS/XMU, channel 35, can be heard twice every Friday – Noon EST with an encore broadcast at Midnight EST. You can download the Good Trip Peru: Vol. II mixtape, HERE . . . SIRIUS 494: Jean Michel Bernard – Générique Stephane ++ Frankie And The Witch Fingers – 6,000 […]

The Lagniappe Sessions :: Dent May

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 12:00:58 +0000

Lagniappe (la·gniappe) noun ˈlan-ˌyap,’ – 1. An extra or unexpected gift or benefit. 2. Something given or obtained as a gratuity or bonus. It’s one of the oldest tricks in the songbook, stringing a bummer sentiment to a buzzy melody, but on his charming new LP Across the Multiverse, Dent May utilizes it with a […]

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Aquarium Drunkard Presents: Good Trip Peru, Vol II – A Mixtape

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 19:04:28 +0000

For the second edition in our series of Good Trip mixtapes — a project that takes a closer look at our favorite sounds and rhythms from around the world — we’re picking up where Volume I left off in Peru, but with special attention paid to the diverse instrumentation and psych-laden effects employed in cumbia, […]

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Transmissions Podcast :: Psychic Temple / Hiss Golden Messenger on Bright Phoebus

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 13:30:40 +0000

Welcome to latest installment of Aquarium Drunkard’s Transmissions podcast, a recurring series of discussions with the creators responsible for some of our favorite art. On this episode, we sit down with Chris Schlarb of Psychic Temple to discuss Psychic Temple IV, a melange of West Coast pop magic, sophisticated textures, and exploratory rock & roll. […]

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Neil Young :: A Hitchhiker On The Road

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 13:30:24 +0000

Hitchhiker, Neil Young’s latest archival release, is an absolutely essential addition to the songwriter’s canon, capturing a skeletal mid-1976 solo acoustic session. It’s also our first chance to hear the original version of the LP’s title track, a tune with an extremely tangled history. Let’s do a little un-tangling. According to Neil, he wrote the […]

Studio One: Version Dread (Dub Specialist) / Vinyl Reissue

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 12:00:01 +0000

Speaking of the latest excavation of the famed Studio One vaults . . . Pre-dating what became known as dub there was the version. Out-of-print for over a decade, the label recently announced a forthcoming vinyl issue of Version Dread, a 2006 compilation featuring some of the most sought after B-sides in Studio One’s history. […]

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Auf Wiedersehen to Can co-founder Holger Czukay

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 17:23:09 +0000

Auf Wiedersehen to Can co-founder Holger Czukay, one of the primary architects of the krautrock sound, a sampling pioneer and a fearless sonic adventurer. Surrounded by virtuoso instrumentalists in Can, Czukay responded on bass with a hypnotically minimalist pulse, ensuring that no matter how free flowing things got, the groove remained paramount — check out this […]

Daniel Norgren :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 14:15:57 +0000

Daniel Norgren grew up in Sweden driven by an idea of America, a composite of our country built on the films he saw and records he played. You can hear it in his music, a lonesome blend of blues and folk, in which synthesized Americana sounds mingle with a naturalistic Scandinavian aesthetic. I first heard Norgren at […]

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Mythic Sunship :: Land Between Rivers

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 22:13:02 +0000

Mythic Sunship’s second lp, Land Between Rivers, was quietly released earlier this year via Danish label El Paraiso Records. Like its predecessor, the three track soundscape finds the the instrumental Copenhagen quartet stretching skyward with tracks eclipsing the fifteen minute mark. The overall stratosphere the group continues to mine rides the line between heavy, fuzzed […]

Patrick Cowley :: Afternooners

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 12:00:59 +0000

Patrick Cowley initially made his mark as one of the pioneering sound architects of the Hi-NRG San Francisco disco sound, crafting hits with Sylvester, famously remixing Donna Summers’ “I Feel Love,” and founding his own imprint, Megatone Records, to release jammers like “Megatron Man” and “Menergy,” an unabashed celebration of gay club culture. Cowley was an early […]