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Podcast companion for the Aquarium Drunkard blog/Sirius XMU show. Interviews and audio esoterica.

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Transmissions Podcast :: Gillian Welch / Shinya Fukumori Trio / Marissa Anderson
01:18:35

And we’re back. Welcome to the May edition of the Aquarium Drunkard Transmissions podcast, our recurring series of conversations and audio esoterica. On this program, we’re joined by singer/songwriter Gillian Welch. Along with her partner David Rawlings, Welch has tapped into the wellspring of American vernacular music. Her albums — including 2001’s Time (The Revelator) and 2011’s The Harrow & the Harvest — are part of one of the strongest bodies of work in modern folk music. Welch is about to hit the road with Rawlings, embarking on a series of “An Evening With” dates June through October, and this summer sees the vinyl reissue of her 2003 LP Soul Journey. We spoke to Welch via phone about her attention to the long player, album-length statement.

Then, we have a review of the release by the Shinya Fukumori Trio, For 2 Akis by writer and head of Footfalls Records Leah Toth; released by the stalwart ECM label, the new release unites players from France, Germany, and Japan for a quiet, but subtly immersive new album, produced by ECM head Manfred Eicher.

And we close out this month’s episode with a conversation recorded live backstage with Marisa Anderson. She’s one of the most engaging solo guitarists in the field today, blending blues, folk, and country forms into political and personal statements. On June 15, she releases her debut for Thrill Jockey Records, Cloud Corner. A meditative and peaceful record, the record serves as a respite from the constant noise of our modern times. We spoke with Anderson about the need for those kinds of musical spaces, the influence of science fiction on her work, and her subversive reinterpretation of traditional and public domain music.

May 31, 2018
Transmissions Podcast :: Mind Over Mirrors/Remembering Art Bell/The Nels Cline 4
01:11:44

 

Welcome to the April edition of the Aquarium Drunkard podcast, coming in from West of the Rockies. On this program, we explore the late night radio theater of the late Art Bell. The Coast to Coast AM host passed away on Friday, April 13th, and we’ve spent the days since exploring his classic archives. Aquarium Drunkard founder Justin Gage and co-host Jason P. Woodbury sat down to reflect on Bell’s singular voice, dedication to chronicling the unknown, and status as a purveyor of genuine American weirdness.

Also on the show, guitarist Nels Cline joins us to discuss his new quartet, the Nels Cline 4, and “Imperfect 10” from the combo’s new Blue Note Records LP, Currents, Constellations. Maybe you know his playing with Wilco, but here he focuses on the notion of “jazz fusion,” which he’s been exploring since the late ‘80s.

And we begin the podcast with a discussion with Jaime Fennelly of Mind Over Mirrors. The synthesist and composer just released a masterpiece called Bellowing Sun. It’s cosmic in scope but rooted in the earthy reflections of naturalist writers like Henry Beston, whose 1928 book, The Outermost House: A Year of Life on the Great Beach of Cape Cod, served as a guidepost for the new album. Earlier this month, the album debuted alongside a multi-media installation at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago featuring a light sculpture modeled after an enormous drum. The suggestions — of biorhythms and universal patterns — are in keeping with Mind Over Mirrors’ space-folk.

Though Mind Over Mirrors began as a solo project, it’s very much a group effort now, featuring Janet Bean of Freakwater and Eleventh Dream Day, Jon Mueller of Volcano Choir, and Jim Becker of Califone. The band’s latest, Bellowing Sun, arrives in conjunction with a multi-media installation at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago featuring an ambitious light sculpture. One of the marvelous things about Mind Over Mirrors is the way the group’s music feels both spacey and earthy. On the new album, which is at turns ecstatic, spooky, and revelatory, Fennelly and company the band maximize that ability, putting the idea of our planet as a cosmic vehicle into context.

“I think about [the cosmos] in relation to my own music as being otherworldly, but I also think of it as being grounded, in the way that the Earth is cosmic,” Fennelly says. “It’s not just about the area beyond us or outside of us, in kind of an exploratory sense as well.”

On his new album with the Nels Cline 4, Currents, Constellations, guitarist and composer Nels Cline reigns in the conceptual mood music of his previous Blue Note Records release, Lovers, in favor of tight, spiky interplay with guitarist Julian Lage, bassist Scott Colley, and drummer Tom Rainey. It’s a record fueled by Cline’s energy, incorporating avant-garde, rock, and blues influences. It is, for lack of a better term, jazz fusion music, which explains why Cline’s initial title for “Imperfect 10” was “Jazz Fusion Composition.”

“I definitely chose that term to bother people, particularly people who think they’re cooler than ‘jazz fusion,'” Cline says. “Basically, it’s a meaningless term. It’s a combination of basically whatever. It doesn’t have to mean a combination of jazz and rock and classical and funk…it doesn’t mean the same thing from one person to another, and that’s why it’s a fun word to use. It’s basically a meaningless word that bothers people, which I find linguistically fascinating, but it also, stylistically, does kind of define me.”

If you’ve ever been the sort of person content to sit around the radio late at night or scan the airwaves on a long drive through the middle of nowhere, there’s a good chance you’ve experienced the strange radio theater of Art Bell’s Coast to Coast AM. Since Bell passed away earlier this month and since his passing, we’ve been tuned into his archives. Here, we reflect on the impact and legacy of Bell’s pioneering program.

Coast to Coast AM felt like this secret handshake between people,” AD’s Justin Gage says. “Not unlike when you find a record or something that means a lot to you, that might be a little esoteric or obscure. Coast to Coast AM definitely kind of felt like that in the late ’90s, early 2000s.”

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Collage image by Michael J. Hentz.

Dig into the podcast archives, which include interviews with Laraaji, Tim Heidecker, Eileen Myles, Daniel Lanois, Hiss Golden Messenger, Ryley Walker, Eleanor Friedberger, Idris Ackamoor, and many more.

Apr 30, 2018
Transmissions Podcast :: Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968/Abstract Truths/Environments
58:30

Welcome to the March installment of Aquarium Drunkard’s recurring Transmissions podcast, a series of interviews and audio esoterica. This month, we’re centering in on a sense of place. First, we sit down with author and musician Ryan H. Walsh to discuss his new book, Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968. In ’68, Boston was roiling with counter-culture activity. Occult circles were thriving; the underground press was emerging; the Velvet Underground, on loan from New York, was playing transcendent sets at the Boston Tea Party. And through it all, Irish R&B singer Van Morrison was quietly — and often not so quietly — tapping into the vibes that would help birth his soul-folk masterpiece, Astral Weeks. Walsh, best known for his work with the indie rock outfit Hallelujah the Hills, details it all in his personal and poetic new book.

Next, guitarist and writer William Tyler sits down with Douglas Mcgowan of Yoga Records and Numero Group to discuss the process of turning the pioneering vinyl soundscapes series Environments into a functional, immersive app for iOS devices. Designed with relaxation and contemplation in mind — to aurally transport listeners to settings of tranquility — the app recontextualizes sound recordist Irv Teibel’s original aim of providing calm and peace in a noisy world, redefining the notions of a “reissue” in the process.

And finally, we close out the show with a look at our Abstract Truths: An Evolving Jazz Compendium mixtape series, which offers jazz collectors and thinkers a platform for exploring what jazz means in 2018, examining its past, untold stories, modern resonance. Where is jazz going? And what unique role does Los Angeles play in its future?

Mar 26, 2018
Aquarium Drunkard: Transmissions Podcast - Laraaj / Itasca / Maggie Smith & Jerry David DeCicca
45:31

Welcome to the February installment of Aquarium Drunkard’s recurring Transmissions podcast, a series of interviews and audio esoterica from Aquarium Drunkard. Welcome to the February edition of Aquarium Drunkard’s recurring Transmissions podcast — just under the wire. We’ve got an introspective episode this week. First, we sit down with Kayla Cohen of Itasca, to discuss her new mini-album, Morning Flower. It’s a collaboration with writer and artist Gunnar Tchida, and it focuses especially on Cohen’s lyrical guitar work. Which makes sense: in April, Cohen plays the Thousand Incarnations of the Rose festival, a celebration of the American primitive guitar tradition. I asked Cohen how she made her way into solo guitar music, and explored how the music of Robbie Basho, whose composition the festival is named for as well as a forthcoming compilation via Craft Recordings.

Then, we have a series of poems from Maggie Smith. You might have come across her poem “Good Bones,” for which her latest book is named, but there’s a lot more to her work than that. For the Transmissions podcast, Smith’s reading are paired with instrumental recordings from Jerry David DeCicca’s new album of spacey Texan folk, Time the Teacher. It’s an album that “feels true,” Smith says in her accompanying notes, so it was a pleasure of ours to combine the truth of Smith’s words with the truth of DeCicca and his band’s sounds.

Finally, we close out the show with words from new age/cosmic composer Laraaji, discussing Celestrana, his mid-80s experiment in public access television. Part meditation, part surreal comedy routine, and part ecstatic vision, the show introduced Laraaji to a whole new audience of viewers, many of whom weren’t even aware of his work with Brian Eno or albums like the recently reissued Vision Songs. Select episodes of Celestrana are streaming now on Numero Group’s YouTube channel; Laraaji was kind enough to pull back the curtain with us and explain how he found himself in front of the camera…with puppets.

Feb 28, 2018
Transmissions Podcast :: Voyager Golden Record/Tim Heidecker/Jesus People Music
01:18:23

Aquarium Drunkard Transmissions 1_2018

Welcome to the January installment of Aquarium Drunkard’s recurring Transmissions podcast, a series of interviews and audio esoterica from Aquarium Drunkard. For our first episode of 2018, we explore three unique stories. First, we dive into the story of Ozma Records’ new reissue of the Voyager Golden Record. Launched into outer space in 1977 onboard the Voyager space probes, the Golden Record was a sort of cosmic mixtape, designed by a team led by Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan as a representation of life, arts, and culture on Earth. We spoke to co-producer David Pescovitz of Boing Boing from his office at the Institute For the Future about how this new reissue allows us to more fully understand the scope of the Golden Record —and what it has to say to listeners today.

Then, we sit down with comedian, writer, and musician Tim Heidecker. Best know for his work on Tim and Eric Awesome Show — Great Job, Decker, and films like The Comedy, Heidecker is an extraordinarily busy guy: he recently finished The Trial of Tim Heidecker, a part of his meta-comedy saga On Cinema with Gregg Turkington — AKA Neil Hamburger. He’s also got a recent album out, Too Dumb for Suicide, a collection of songs about the president. We dive into his strange, sometimes confusing world.

And finally, we close out the show by shining a light on some of our favorite mixtapes from the Aquarium Drunkard archives, The End is at Hand collections, a four-volume series of super-obscure, often private press, outsider psychedelic guitar and folk music from the ‘60s and ‘70s centered around the Jesus People Movement. We’re joined by BlackForrestry — Josh Swartwood and Doug Cooper — who put these mixes together, to investigate the roots and feral faith of these “Jesus Freaks,” whose apocalyptic visions shimmer throughout these mixtapes — and whose faith still speaks to Josh and Doug.

Jan 23, 2018
Transmissions Podcast :: Paul Major / 2017 Reissues
01:12:04

Earlier this year, we published an interview with Major and he played selector on the Aquarium Drunkard Show on Sirius XM, pulling out rare psych, private press oddities, and much more. He’s the subject of a new book, Feel The Music: The Psychedelic Worlds of Paul Major, and the compiler of an accompanying soundtrack, Feel the Music Vol. 1, both out on Anthology. The book compiles scans of Major’s rare record catalogs, which featured his hallucinatory music writing, alongside essays by his friends, bandmates, and collaborators. In all, the book and soundtrack illustrate Paul’s attraction to “real people” music and testify to his desire to share the weird music and ideas that turn him on.

In the second half of the show, Aquarium Drunkard founder Justin Gage and co-host Jason P. Woodbury explore the sound of ten of their favorite reissues of 2017, including Jackie Shane, Outro Tempo: Electronic And Contemporary Music From Brazil 1978 – 1992, crucial Pharoah Sanders titles, Acetone’s 1992-2001, Alice Coltrane, and more. Check out the full list of reissues after the jump.

Nov 21, 2017
Aquarium Drunkard: Sidecar (Transmission Seventeen)
47:39

Krano – Mi E Ti
Ryley Walker – Everybody Is Crazy (Amen Dunes)
Kacy & Clayton – The Siren’s Song
Joan Shelley – Over And Even
Meg Baird – Counterfeiters
Jennifer Castle – Sailing Away
Steve Gunn – Way Out Weather
Anna St. Louis – Fire
Jana Hunter – A Bright-Ass Light
Angel Olsen – The Sky Opened Up
Sweet Tea – If I Were A Carpenter
Heron Oblivion – Beneath Fields

Oct 25, 2017
Transmissions Podcast :: Hiss Golden Messenger
43:18

On Hiss Golden Messenger’s new album, Hallelujah Anyhow, songwriter M.C. Taylor stares down darkness, only to find it’s simply “a different kind of light.” It’s a record about chasing freedom and finding hope in unexpected places: among worn guitars, in clouds of smoke, and in the sound of wafting Caledonia soul music. The record continues Hiss’s evolution from solitary, lonesome folk to celebratory and loose country rock and soul. It’s “music for hope,” Taylor says, and though it doesn’t hide its concerns, stressed, or worries, it’s nonetheless a welcome moment of lightness in these heavy times.

For this episode of the Aquarium Drunkard Transmissions podcast, AD’s Jason P. Woodbury spoke with Taylor in Oregon at the Pickathon music festival. The conversation — like Hiss’s songs — is frank, earnest, and genuinely warm. It pairs well with Hiss Golden Messenger’s Lagniappe Session, which found the group covering the Faces and Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys. Hiss Golden Messenger’s Hallelujah Anyhow is available now via Merge Records.

Oct 02, 2017
Transmissions Podcast :: Psychic Temple and Hiss Golden Messenger on Bright Phoebus
47:49

On this installment, 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. It’s a record that finds Schlarb commanding a vast ensemble of players — including Max Bennett (Joni Mitchell, Frank Zappa, the Wrecking Crew), Terry Reid, current and former members of Cherry Glazerr, the Philip Glass Ensemble, Cryptacize, the Dirty Projectors, and many more. Schlarb is a true journeyman, whose work spans country, gospel, gangsta rap, avant-garde, and jazz, and here he discusses it all, elucidating his unique approach to music making.

Then, M.C. Taylor of Hiss Golden Messenger explains why 1972’s Bright Phoebus: The Songs of Mike and Lal Waterson is one of his favorite LPs. Recently reissued by Domino Records, the album’s blend of country, rock, folk, and psychedelia, has served as a sort of emotional compass for Taylor, whose new album, Hallelujah Anyhow, due out from Merge on September 22, will be the topic of our next episode.

Sep 12, 2017
Transmissions Podcast :: Nick Lowe
50:35

Welcome to Aquarium Drunkard’s Transmissions Podcast, a recurring series of conversations with songwriters, authors, and creators about what drives their art. We’re proud to share an interview with Nick Lowe this week. AD’s Jason P. Woodbury talked with the producer, songwriter, and performer, who’s made records with Elvis Costello, the Damned, Squeeze, Johnny Cash, and dozens more, and penned classic songs like “What’s So Funny About Peace, Love, and Understanding,” “Cruel to Be Kind,” “I Love the Sound of Breaking Glass,” “The Beast in Me,” and many others.

On Friday, July 14th, Yep Roc Records releases the first in a series of reissues documenting Lowe’s ’80s era, beginning with 1982’s Nick the Knife and 1983’s The Abominable Showman, with the rest of his catalog through 1990’s Party of One coming throughout 2017. The period saw the British rocker expanding his stylistic palette, exploring the ties between skiffle and country music. While his edges softened some sonically, his lyrical focus remained sharp, and songs like “All Men Are Liars” and “My Heart Hurt” point to the kind of songs that would bolster his late career renaissance in the early 2000s and up to present day. We reached Lowe from Nashville to discuss those records, his marriage to Carlene Carter, the pub rock, punk rock, hanging out with Lemmy’s pre-Motörhead band Hawkwind in the early days, and a lot more.

Jul 11, 2017
Transmissions Podcast :: Strand of Oaks
50:13

t. For this episode, AD’s Jason P. Woodbury sat down with Timothy Showalter of Indiana’s Strand of Oaks to discuss the band’s latest album, Hard Love, which melds Showalter’s love of dub reggae production with heartland rock and the big beat sound of Creation Records’ heyday.

Jun 22, 2017
Transmissions Podcast - Lonnie Holley
35:57

For this episode, Woodbury sits down with artist and musician Lonnie Holley. His sculptures, assembled from found objects, seemingly align each random component with meaning. In 2012, Holley released his debut album, Just Before Music, on Atlanta label Dust to Digital. Reviewing the record, AD’s A. Spoto wrote, “He sings with an intense, emotional voice and unleashes lyrics without consistent meter or rhyme over gossamer keyboard lines that hang in the ether. His music is a blues nebula, splotched with riffy word jazz that shares in some rappers’ collagist aesthetics as well as the runaway passion of a gospel preacher enlivened by the Spirit.”

He followed it with a second, Keeping a Record of It, in 2013. Both featured improvised music and melodies, drawing on Holley’s personal reserve of gospel, jazz, blues, and folk music. Like his music, this conversation is wide-ranging and freeform, a gentle and inquisitive exploration into how much meaning we’re willing to grant the world around us.

May 25, 2017
Transmissions Podcast :: Weyes Blood
23:11

Welcome to Aquarium Drunkard’s recurring Transmissions podcast. Today, we continue our mini-series in collaboration with the folks at Mexican Summer. In March, AD’s Jason P. Woodbury headed out to Marfa Texas to attend Mexican Summer’s Marfa Myths Festival, a four-day, multi-disciplinary celebration of art and music in West Texas, which resulted in his essay, “There’s No Such Thing As Nowhere.”

For this episode, he sat down with Natalie Mering, who records as Weyes Blood. We’ve long been fans of her sounds — our own Chad Depasquale said her most recent record, Front Row Seat to Earth, “evokes an atmosphere reminiscent of private press psych-folk and progressive exploration.”

This talk dives deep into her religious upbringing and explores the apocalyptic tone that pervades much of her songs.

May 10, 2017
Transmissions Podcast :: Eileen Myles
51:05

For this episode, Woodbury down with poet and novelist Eileen Myles. She came up in the ’70s, at the St. Mark’s Poetry Project in New York. In 2015, her 1994 novel Chelsea Girls was reissued; in 2016, she released a collection of poems written between 1975 and 2014 called I Must Be Living Twice. In this episode, Myeles discusses her process and her next book, Afterglow, and along the way we’ll hear some selections of Myles’ poetry, pulled from her live album Aloha/Irish Tree, paired with recordings by Marfa Myths performers Pharoah Sanders and Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith. Photo by Peggy O’brien.

Apr 26, 2017
Transmissions Podcast :: Allah-Las
29:59

Welcome to Aquarium Drunkard’s recurring Transmissions podcast. Today, we’re launching a new mini-series in collaboration with the folks at Mexican Summer. Last month, we sent AD’s Jason P. Woodbury to Marfa Texas to attend Mexican Summer’s Marfa Myths Festival, a four-day, multi-disciplinary celebration of art in music in West Texas, which resulted in his essay, “There’s No Such Thing As Nowhere.”

While out there, Woodbury hooked up with a number of Myths performers to record interviews. For this episode, he sat down with the Los Angeles-based four-piece the Allah-Las, to discuss the group’s record store roots, sound, and Reverberation Radio, their long-running online radio series.

Apr 13, 2017
Transmissions Podcast :: Ryley Walker
35:25

On last year’s Golden Sings Which Can Be Sung, Chicago-based singer and guitarist Ryley Walker came into his own. It wasn’t his first great record, but it was his most realized, a work that added shades of jazz, psychedelia, and experimental rock to his soulful folk sound. Writing about the record, AD’s Chad DePasquale said: “On two previous two long-players, comparisons to artists like John Martyn, Bert Jansch, Tim Buckley, and Nick Drake dominated conversations about Walker, but his latest finds him exploring English jazz folk through the unique lens of the Chicago experimental scene he came up in, folding in elements of improvisational jazz and experimental textures.”

We caught up with Walker last fall at Fivethirteen Recording in Tempe, Arizona, to discuss the record and hear a few songs. Keeping with his spirit of experimentation, Walker and band decided the setting was right to try out a few new tunes. We’re happy to debut three of them, “Shaking Like the Others,” “I Laughed So Hard I Cried,” and “Two Sides To Every Cross,” here for the first time, along with our interview.

Jan 24, 2017
Transmissions Podcast :: Daniel Lanois
41:03

As a producer, Daniel Lanois has been instrumental in crafting definitive records by U2, the Neville Brothers, Bob Dylan, Peter Gabriel, Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Neil Young, and more. His productions have a trademark quality -- swampy and percussive, psychedelic but as earthy as the dubs of his noted influence Lee "Scratch" Perry -- that he also brings to his records as a songwriter and composer. His latest, Goodbye to Language, out now on Anti Records, is one of his best. Accompanied by Rocco DeLuca on lap steel, Lanois plays pedal steel, creating a sweeping landscape that spiritually connects to the sounds he contributed to Brian Eno 1983 ambient masterpiece Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks.

We joined Lanois following a live performance at his place, Bella Vista in Silverlake, to discuss the new record, his long production career, and his definition of "soul music," exploring how that definition guides and directs his artistic approach.

Sep 28, 2016
Transmissions Podcast :: What's Left in the Velvet Underground Archives?
37:38

With the release of the Complete Matrix Tapes last year, you might be wondering: What exactly is left in the Velvet Underground archives? On this, the seventh episode of AD’s Transmissions podcast, we invite Aquarium Drunkard’s VU expert Tyler Wilcox (Doom and Gloom From the Tomb, author of Pitchfork’s Invisible Hits column) to speculate wildly about what’s left out there: songs which may or may not exist, early demos, legendary live performances and more. Along the way, Wilcox spins rare Velvets cuts.

Sep 14, 2016
Transmissions Podcast :: Jesse Jarnow's Heads: A Biography of Psychedelic America
33:51

A decade-spanning look at the Grateful Dead and the culture the band spawned, it's one of our favorite books of the year, one that explores of underground economies, thriving art scenes, cyberspace frontiers, the advent of psychedelia, the birth of the jam band movement, mystically motivated science projects, and much more through the lens of America's home brewed cosmic roots ambassadors. In his review of the book for AD, our own Tyler Wilcox wrote: Heads is an essential piece of underground cultural history, but more than anything it reads like an epic adventure story, with page after page of remarkable stories spinning out kaleidoscope-style, like a second-set Dead improv." He's right, and Jarnow was quick to provide further insight into not only the world of the Dead, but how he himself found his way into it.

Aug 31, 2016
Aquarium Drunkard: Transmissions Podcast - Damien Jurado / William Bell
47:42

Welcome to the fifth episode of AD's re-booted Transmissions podcast, our recurring series of in-depth conversations and unexpected sounds. As we did with our last episode, we're halving the show today, speaking with two disparate artists.

Up first, we sat down with singer/songwriter Damien Jurado. Starting off in the Seattle hardcore scene, Jurado evolved with moody albums like Rehearsals for Departure and Ghost of David, full of stark and heartbreaking vignettes. At the start of the current decade, however, Jurado took a turn, teaming with producer Richard Swift to create more vivid, psychedelic templates for his music, which turned toward the paranormal and spiritual. We spoke with Jurado about their latest collaboration, Visions of Us on the Land. We then spoke catch up with a true legend, famed soul man William Bell, author of essential songs like "Born Under a Bad Sign" and "You Don't Miss Your Water (Until Your Well Runs Dry)." His latest, This Is Where I Live, finds him once again on Stax, the legendary label he helped established, and finds his voice and lyrics in fine shape. Alright, let's get into this...

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Jul 20, 2016
Aquarium Drunkard: Transmissions Podcast - Idris Ackamoor & the Pyramids / Eleanor Friedberger
59:28

Welcome to the fourth episode of Aquarium Drunkard’s Transmissions podcast, our recurring series of in-depth conversations and unexpected sounds.. On this week’s episode, we’re splitting our time with two unique artists.

Up first is Idris Ackamoor, leader of the intergalactic combo the Pyramids, whose new album We Be All Africans is a potent mix of soul, funk, world music, and spiritual jazz. Next, we hop in the van with singer/songwriter Eleanor Friedberger. As one-half of Fiery Furnaces, she created some of the most challenging and complex music of the 2000s, but on her latest album New View, she continues to ease into the confident, ’70s-inspired melodicism that has defined her solo albums, inspired in part by her move to upstate New York.

Jun 29, 2016
Aquarium Drunkard: Transmissions Podcast - William Tyler
36:19

On this week’s episode Jason P. Woodbury speaks with Nashville-based guitarist William Tyler. As a sideman, Tyler’s guitar work has appeared on records by Lambchop, Charlie Louvin, Candi Staton, Hiss Golden Messenger, Silver Jews, Wooden Wand, and dozens more, but since the dawn of the decade, he’s focused mostly on his own records, vivid instrumental soundscapes which connect country and folk traditions to kosmische musik and ambient soundscapes. His latest, Modern Country, was released earlier this month via Merge Records, and it’s his most expansive yet. With a full band including Phil Cook and Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche in tow, Tyler paints a view of America in all its fractured complexity, evoking beautiful landscapes and forgotten rogue states. The songs act as views from back roads, and even as Tyler eschews lyrics, he nonetheless tells stories with his sounds. Sally forth…

Jun 07, 2016
Aquarium Drunkard: Transmissions Podcast - Car Seat Headrest / Replacements
27:14

On this episode, we spoke with Will Toledo of Car Seat Headrest, whose new album Teens of Denial comes out this Friday via Matador Records. It's a fantastic record, bigger and more fully realized than before, and it reflects the transition from solo project to full band. We also spoke to author Bob Mehr about Trouble Boys, his affecting book on the Replacements. Mehr's one of the best music writers working, and his book dives deep and comes up with even more than one could expect. Onwards . . .

May 19, 2016
Aquarium Drunkard: Transmissions Podcast - Bonnie 'Prince' Billy
33:38

It's back. Welcome to the first installment of Aquarium Drunkard's re-tooled podcast. Picking up where the Sidecar (Transmissions) left off, this new show will be an audio companion to the blog proper, a late night broadcast exploring pop culture through an esoteric lens, featuring music, literature, film, and other dispatches from parts unknown.

Beginning now, expect a new episode every other week. Our debut features Jason P. Woodbury's interview with longtime AD favorite Will Oldham, AKA Bonnie "Prince" Billy, discussing two new albums: his collaboration with Bitchin' Bajas, the New Age/ambient LP Epic Jammers and Fortunate Ditties and a collection of sessions he recorded with BBC legend John Peel, Pond Scum. Along the way, Oldham pontificates on a certain sci-fantasy blockbuster and discusses his contributions to the upcoming Day of the Dead collection -- the mammoth Grateful Dead covers project spanning 59 tracks at nearly six hours.

Apr 27, 2016
Aquarium Drunkard: Sidecar (Transmission Sixteen)
31:54

Intro / Shall We Gather At The River
Gene Clark - Tears of Rage
Chris Darrow - Livin’ Like A Fool
Ian Matthews - Seven Bridges Road
Manassas - So Begins The Task
Ellen McIlwaine - Can't Find My Way Home
David Crosby - I’d Swear There Was Somebody Here
Davy Graham - Both Sides Now (excerpt)
Tim Hardin - If I Were A Carpenter
David Wiffen - You’ll Never Make A Dollar That Way
Michael Martin Murphy - The Lights Of The City

May 19, 2015
Aquarium Drunkard: Sidecar (Transmission Fifteen)
36:45

Intro
Mor Thiam - Ayo Ayo Nene
Fela Kuti - Lover
Ebo Taylor & Uhuru-Yenzu - Love And Death
The Reggae Boys - Selassie
Willie Dickson & The Playboys - Lickin' Stick
The Fabulous Three - Django's Soul
Ofo and The Black Company - Allah Wakbar
The Dutch Rhythm, Steel & Showband - Down By The River

Aug 14, 2014
Aquarium Drunkard: Sidecar (Transmission Fourteen)
31:14

Intro / Strung Out
The Soul Inc. - Love Me When I'm Down
Jerry And Jeff - Voodoo Medicine Man
Dion - Baby, Let's Stay Together
Apple & The Three Oranges - Curse Upon The World
T.L. Barrett And Youth For Christ Choir - Like A Ship
Eddie Bo & Inez Cheatham - Lover And A Friend
Tony Owens - I Got Soul
Famous L. Renfroe - Introduction
Big Sambo & The House Wreckers - The Rains Came
Alton Ellis - Whiter Shade of Pale
The Flamingos - I Only Have Eyes For You

Jun 25, 2014
Aquarium Drunkard: Sidecar (Transmission Thirteen)
34:54

Intro
CAN - I'm So Green
The Everly Brothers - Lord Of The Manor
Blossom Dearie - Somebody New
Bernard Chabert - Il Part En Californie (He Moved To California)
These Trails - Garden Botanum
Pete Ham - Without You (solo demo)
Big Star - Mod Lang (Alternate Mix)
The Velvet Underground - Sad Song
Emitt Rhodes - Promises I've Made
T. Rex - Lean Woman Blues
Charlotte Dada (excerpt)
John Williams - Flowers In Your Hair
Lee Hazlewood w/ Suzi Jane Hokum - Califia (Stone Rider)

Dec 05, 2013
Aquarium Drunkard: Sidecar (Twelfth Transmission)
32:58

Intro
Bedlam's Offspring - I'll Be There
The Emperors - I Want My Woman
The Chocolate Watchband - It's All Over Now Baby Blue
The Blue Rondos - Baby I Go For You
The Graham Bond Organisation - Early In The Morning
Bo Diddley - Bo Diddley
Cat - Do The Watussi
Vichan Maneechot - Dance, Dance, Dance
The Shangri-Las - How Pretty Can You Get (Radio Spot)
Fleur De Lys - Circles
Michelle's Menagerie - Stay Away
The Worlocks - I Love You
Blue Condition - Coming Home

May 22, 2013
Aquarium Drunkard: Sidecar (Eleventh Transmission)
31:18

Clover - Mr. Moon
Daniel Moore - May, 16, 1975
Goose Creek Symphony - A Satisfied Mind
Bob Martin - Captain Jesus
Elyse - Houses (w/ Neil Young)
The B.C. Harmonizers - You Ought To Been There
Odetta - Baby, I'm In The Mood For You
Willis Alan Ramsey - Geraldine And The Honeybee
Bobby Charles - Street People
Harry Crews - Everything Was Stories
Ramsay Midwood - Spinning On This Rock

Jan 27, 2013
Aquarium Drunkard: Sidecar (Tenth Transmission)
28:56

Intro (Bob Brown excerpt)
Lil' Ed & The Soundmasters - It's A Dream
Black Rock - Yeah Yeah
Africa - Paint It Black
Junior Parker - Tomorrow Never Knows
Yaphet Koto - Have You Ever Seen The Blues
Kukumbas - Respect
Son House - That's Where The Blues Start (Vocal)
Tim Maia - Nobody Can Live Forever
Hopeton Louis - Sound And Pressure

Jan 16, 2013
Aquarium Drunkard: Sidecar (Ninth Transmission)
28:58

Johnny Thunder - I'm Alive
The Kinks - Nothing In This World Can Stop Me Worryin' Bout That Girl
Rob London - Gloria
Grateful Dead - Cream Puff War
The Seeds - Can't Seem To Make You Mine
(Break)
The Electric Piano Underground - Good Vibrations
David Bowie - Let Me Sleep Beside You (BBC Session)
The French Church - Slapneck 45
Bill Deal & The Rhondells - Hey Bulldog
Mickey & Sylvia - Dearest

Dec 05, 2012
Aquarium Drunkard: Sidecar (Eighth Transmission)
28:16

Rahsaan Roland Kirk - Black Root
Terry Callier - You Goin Miss Your Candyman
Leroy Vinnegar - Doing That Thing / Professor Harold Boggs
The Lijadu Sisters - Bayi L'ense
Henri Texier - Les "là-bas"
Amanaz - Khala My Friend
Wendell Stuart & The Downbeaters - Hey Jude

Nov 21, 2012
Aquarium Drunkard: Sidecar (Seventh Transmission)
29:58

Intro
Max Roach With The J.C. White Singers - Motherless Child
Bessie Jones - So Glad I'm Here
The Staples Singers - This May Be The Last Time
The Rolling Stones - I Just Want Tp See His Face
Mississippi Fred McDowell - I Wish I Was In Heaven Sitting Down
The Mighty Hannibal - Hymn No. 5
Lee Moses - California Dreaming
Muddy Waters - She's Alright

Nov 14, 2012
Aquarium Drunkard: Sidecar (Sixth Transmission)
31:05

Jim Sullivan - Highways
The 31st Of February - God Rest His Soul
F.J. McMahon - Sister Brother
Gary Higgins - Thicker Than A Smokey
Merit Hemmingson - Brudmarsch efter Florsen i Burs
Arthur Verocai - Sylvia
Alex Chilton - Don't Worry Baby (fragment)
Jessica Pratt - Night Faces
Susan Christie - Paint A Lady
Willis Earl Beal - Monotony

Nov 06, 2012
Aquarium Drunkard: Sidecar (Fifth Transmission)
31:53

Intro
White Fence - Swagger Vets And Double Moon
CAN - Mushroom
Ty Segall - The Slider (Ty Rex)
Atlas Sound - Recent Bedroom
No Age - Sun Spots
Julian Lynch - Just Enough
Arif Sag - Su Samsunun Evleri
Lou Reed - Perfect Day (demo)
Mac DeMarco - Rock And Roll Night Club
Alan Vega - Jukebox Babe
Calvin Love - Missions

Oct 22, 2012
Aquarium Drunkard: Sidecar (Third Transmission)
27:57

Sidecar - Transmission 3

Intro
Ify Jerry Krusade - Everybody Likes Something Good
Aguaturbia - Rollin' 'N Tumblin'
Sea-Ders - Thanks A Lot
The Olivia Tremor Control - Memories of Jacqueline 1906
The Millennium - I Just Don't Know To Say Goodbye
Harry Nilsson - You Can't Do That (Alternate Take)
Roy Wood - Wake Up
Emitt Rhodes - Long Time No See
Jacques Dutronc - L'Espace D'Une Fille
Jim Schoenfeld - Before

Sep 29, 2012
Aquarium Drunkard: Sidecar (Second Transmission)
27:33

Transmission / 2

Intro
Allah-Las - Tell Me What's On Your Mind
The Strange Boys - Should Have Shot Paul (AD edit)
The Zombies - Sticks And Stones
Thee Oh Sees - The Sun Goes All Around
Lantern - Bleed Me Dry
Canarios - Trying So Hard
Screaming Lord Sutch - Flashing Lights
Bob Azzam & His Orchestra - The Last Time
Alex Chilton - Jumpin' Jack Flash
Johnny & The Attractions - I'm Moving On

Sep 26, 2012
Aquarium Drunkard: Sidecar (First Transmission)
27:46

Ease back. Eleven track polyglot bouillabaisse of sound spanning 3 continents, two decades, and a dozen time zones.  Introducing Aquarium Drunkard: Sidecar - First transmission.

 

Transmission / 1

Intro
Beach Boys - Unknown Harmony
Rob Jo Star Band - I Call On One's Muse
Cisneros & Garza Group - I'm A Man / Welcome
Rolling Stones - We Love You
Music Convention - Sitar Track [From Children of the Sun]
Shin Joong Hyun - I've Got Nothing To Say
The Samurai - Fresh Hot Breeze Of Summer
The Shadows - Scotch On The Socks
Dion - Daddy (Rollin In Your Arms)
Relatively Clean Rivers - Easy Ride
Buffy Saint-Marie - Helpless

Sep 18, 2012