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Hollow Hand :: A World Outside

So many records, so little time. Here’s one from 2017 we weren’t hip to until the tail end of the year, Hollow Hand’s “A World Outside”. Recorded in mono straight to a Tascam 4-track in their home studio in Brighton, England, Hollow Hand deals out sunny psych-pop in the vein of contemporaries Jacco Gardner and […]


The Damnation of Adam Blessing :: S/T / Second Damnation

Bong-rattling riffs, Cream-y vocals, a ridiculously locked-in rhythm section and killer covers of “Morning Dew” and “Last Train To Clarksville”? The Damnation of Adam Blessing should’ve been bigger than Grand Funk! Things didn’t work out that way, of course, but now we can dig back into the Cleveland band’s two stellar LPs, which have been […]


Denny Doherty :: Watcha Gonna Do

Watcha gonna do? – often heard when people appear to be shit out of luck or otherwise down and out. But this time it was the title of Denny Doherty’s first solo album after The Mamas and the Papas quietly disbanded in 1968 following the release of The Papas & The Mamas. Mama Cass had […]


Ilyas Ahmed :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview

On his new record Closer to Stranger, Portland guitarist and singer Ilyas Ahmed picks up the threads that run through his numerous solo records and collaborations with Liz Harris of Grouper and Dreamboat (with Matt Carlson and Jonathan Sielaff of Golden Retriever) and ties them into dreamy new knots. It represents Ahmed’s “one-man band” ambitions, […]


Electronic System ‎:: Skylab (1974)

Space is the place. Speaking of cinematic in scope, enter “Skylab”, released in 1974 via the Belgium group Electronic System’s lp, Tchip.Tchip (Vol. 3). A fourteen and half minute instrumental glide that renders the rest of the album disposable, “Skylab” sits confidently as the final entry of side B. While the preceding tracks come off […]


Brigid Mae Power :: The Two Worlds

Music is mood; atmosphere. And the environs must be right. Brigid Mae Power knows this, as she struggles to finish her statement on female oppression, “Don’t Shut Me Up (Politely)” in the sunny, bright ambiance of Portland, Oregon and departs for her hometown of Galway, Ireland, where a sense of dreary isolation comes to inform […]


Nino Ferrer :: Nino & Radiah / Looking For You (1974)

Printed in France. Made in France. Clocking in at just under six minutes, “Looking For You” is cinematic in scope — listener willing. Released in 1974 on Nino Ferrer’s Nino & Radiah, an album which found the French artist backed by the Lafayette Afro Rock Band, the track is the cornerstone of a suite of songs […]


Richard Lloyd :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview

Richard Lloyd didn’t set out to write a rock & roll memoir. While his debut book, Everything Is Combustible: Television, CBGB’s and Five Decades of Rock and Roll: The Memoirs of an Alchemical Guitarist, rarely skimps on musical detail, his philosophical aim stays clear. As Lloyd recounts his run-ins with Keith Moon, Buddy Guy, Keith Richards, and dozens […]


Present Of The Past :: Houston’s Folk Underground / A Medley

The early 1960’s: folk songs reflecting social change and protest amidst the Civil Rights Movement could be heard on radios everywhere. Peter, Paul and Mary, Bob Dylan, and Joan Baez inspired many a youth to pick up a guitar and harmonize with their peers. One of the lesser known communities that sprung up in the […]


Hiss Golden Messenger :: Wah-Wah Cowboys, Volume I & 2

I made the first Wah Wah Cowboys mix in 2009– almost ten years ago, which I cannot believe–as a way towards bit of mental calm after my wife and I had our first kid, Elijah, who is now nine years old and sitting at the kitchen table drinking a cup of hot chocolate; he’ll be […]


The Lagniappe Sessions :: Kacy & Clayton

Lagniappe (la·gniappe) noun ˈlan-ˌyap,’ – 1. An extra or unexpected gift or benefit. 2. Something given or obtained as a gratuity or bonus. One of our favorite albums of 2017, Kacy & Clayton’s The Siren’s Song found the pair widening their scope, building on an existing foundation of the music and traditions of Southern Appalachia, […]


Nick Millevoi’s Desertion Trio w/ Jamie Saft :: Midtown Tilt

Nick Millevoi and his Desertion Trio — here augmented by Jamie Saft on organ — deliver a nonstop instrumental thrill-ride on Midtown Tilt. You may remember Millevoi from his recent stint in Chris Forsyth’s Solar Motel Band, and while fans of that work will find plenty to love here, the guitarist definitely has his own […]


Aquarium Drunkard Presents: They’ll Pay You For It – A Mixtape

“I’m telling you, this is the most unique situation. These people, the disco spinners, are building careers. They could not care less about what you have, you know, on your mind, financially or any other way. They are building careers, and all they care about is crowd reaction. If you give them a record that […]


Joan Shelley :: Time Has Told Me (Nick Drake)

Covering Nick Drake can be tricky, but Joan Shelley manages just fine with her gorgeous, heartfelt rendition of Five Leaves Left’s lead off track (part of Mojo Magazine’s new tribute to Drake, available gratis with the March issue). She doesn’t do anything radical with the song — she just lets it breathe, wearing its wistful […]


Trees Speak :: S/T

On its recent self-titled lp, Tucson-based psychedelic collective Trees Speak terraform long stretches of the 1-10 that carves through the Sonoran Desert into a cosmic autobahn. Led by visual artist Daniel Martin Diaz — whose work has been featured in Low Rider Magazine and Juxtapoz and comprises a large-scale installation at Sky Harbor Airport — […]

Naan Violence :: Breakfast With The Sirens

Transcendental free sitar music led by Arjun Kulharya of Atlanta, GA. Layered with analog synthesizers, acoustic guitars, flute and tabla, Naan Violence’s expansive palette of sound feels at once organic and untethered. Cosmically and spiritually in line with forbears such as Sun Ra / Ravi and Ananda Shankar, Kulharya’s work also finds itself of a […]


Transmissions Podcast :: Voyager Golden Record/Tim Heidecker/Jesus People Music

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 […]


Shrunken Head: An Oral History of Jack Logan’s “Bulk”

(An oral history of Jack Logan’s 1994 double album “Bulk”, as told by Peter Jesperson, Peter Buck, David Barbe and Jack Logan.) “I’ve got a song you need to hear” — it’s one of those phrases that tends to pique music lovers’ interest, and it’s a narrative thread that is woven into this piece. This […]


The Grand Ennui: Michael Nesmith 1970-1975 (A Mixtape)

This coming week Michael Nesmith revives the spirit of the First National Band, the pioneering country-rock outfit he fronted from 1970 to 1971, for a series of shows in Southern California. Though best known for the knit wool beanie he donned during his two-season stint as a member of NBC’s The Monkees, Nesmith has worn […]


The End Is At Hand: Volume 4 / A Homemade Psych Compilation

Witness – The End Is At Hand: Volume four. Similar to volumes 1-3, this homemade collection rounds up super-obscure, often private press, outsider psychedelic guitar and folk music from the 60s and 70s…all with the underlying theme of the Jesus People Movement. The End Is At Hand Vol. 4 – Deeper Than The Mighty Rolling […]


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