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Jack Cooper :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview

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 […]

Duration: 00:03:29

The Lagniappe Sessions :: Dent May

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 […]

Duration: 00:04:29

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

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, […]

Duration: 01:25:34

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

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. […]

Duration: 00:47:48

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

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. […]

Duration: 00:04:17

Daniel Norgren :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview

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 […]

Duration: 00:04:18

Gunn-Truscinski Duo :: Flood And Fire

They’ve collaborated in various configurations over the past several years, but “Flood and Fire” is the first new offering from the guitar-drums duo of Steve Gunn and John Truscinski since their 2012 classic Ocean Parkway. A welcome return, to say the least. The tune (drawn from Bay Head, coming your way via Three Lobed Recordings […]

Duration: 00:03:06

Itasca :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview

Last year, Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Kayla Cohen released Open to Chance under her Itasca banner. In his review for Aquarium Drunkard, Tyler Wilcox admitted the temptation to call the album’s slow burning, psychedelically-tinged folk rock “the perfect autumn soundtrack,” noting the album would sound just as good in the spring or summer. And he’s been […]

Duration: 00:02:55

The Lagniappe Sessions :: Jack Cooper

Lagniappe (la·gniappe) noun ˈlan-ˌyap,’ – 1. An extra or unexpected gift or benefit. 2. Something given or obtained as a gratuity or bonus. Earlier this year Ultimate Painting’s Jack Cooper slid us an early version of his new solo album, Sandgrown. At nine tracks we were immediately drawn to its sparse, tranquil, yet personal offerings […]

Duration: 00:04:34

Kacy & Clayton :: The Siren’s Song

Continuing to effortlessly distill the sounds and traditions of Southern Appalachia, the British Isles, and the rolling ranch land of their rural Saskatchewan home, second cousins Kacy Anderson and Clayton Linthicum return with The Siren’s Song. Their fourth long-player and second with a backing band – this time comprised of their touring outfit, Shuyler Jansen […]

Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band :: Dreaming In The Non-Dream

For the follow-up to 2016’s The Rarity of Experience, sprawling, expansive double LP, Chris Forsyth and his Solar Motel comrades take a more spare/skeletal path. For one thing, Forsyth handles all the guitar work on Dreaming In The Non-Dream himself, leaving a bit more space in the mix, and allowing the stellar rhythm section of bassist […]

Duration: 00:15:52

Private Pressers: Tom Armstrong + Rick Deitrick

Last year’s Imaginational Anthem: The Private Press, was one of the best compilations in quite some time, bringing to light a host of extremely obscure guitarists from the 1970s and 1980s — players who lurked in the considerable shadows of Fahey, Basho, Bull and Kottke, but still managed to find their own voices. Of course, […]

Duration: 00:05:57

Ekambi Brillant :: Africa Africa

Come for the drums, stay for the humid washes of Cameroonian fuzz. Originally released in 1975 via Ekambi Brillant’s Africa Oumba lp, “Africa Africa” has been resurrected of late by the Paris based Africa Seven imprint. Dig in, as the track appears on both African Funk Experimentals 1975-1982 and volume one of the label’s ongoing […]

Duration: 00:02:11

Rosebud :: Main Theme from More / Interstellar Overdrive

At their very best, compilations take on their own identity; a wholism greater than the sum of its parts. Divorced from their source material the individual tracks eventually act as breadcrumbs, each leading down their respective rabbit holes. Such is the case with Rosebud’s cover of Pink Floyd’s “Main Theme From More”, culled from the […]

Duration: 00:04:07

Pierre Cavalli :: Un Soir Chez Norris

Composed by jazz guitarist Pierre Cavalli, swirling widescreen French psychedelia lifted from the short-lived 1971 television drama Un Soir Chez Norris. Pierre Cavalli :: Un Soir Chez Norris

Duration: 00:02:27

Aquarium Drunkard Presents: Sinkane – A Sudanese Mixtape

Ahmed Gallab is Sinkane. The Sudanese-American multi-instrumentalist, who to date has released six genre bending albums of rhythmic poly-global funk, pop and electronica, returned earlier this year with Life & Livin’ It. That record, like much of his discography, roots freely; a borderless aural cross-pollination of soulful pan-African and Jamaican sounds stirred into a bouillabaisse […]

Duration: 00:50:43

Never The Same :: Hiss Golden Messenger On Bright Phoebus

Ask the most dedicated followers of British folk rock about the most sought after lost classic of the canon, and you’ll likely hear 1972’s Bright Phoebus: The Songs of Mike and Lal Waterson cited as a holy grail. The work of the two brothers, it followed the dissolution of their family band the Watersons. Mike […]

Duration: 00:03:42

Manu Dibango :: Electric Africa

The vinyl reissue front just got a little funkier. Next month Tidal Waves Music presents Manu Dibango’s Electric Africa. Recorded in Paris in 1985, the project was produced by Bill Laswell and filled out by American heavyweights Herbie Hancock, Bernie Worrell and Nicky Skopelitis, along with Senegalese drummer Aiyb Dieng and synth-guru Waliou Jacques Badarou. […]

Duration: 00:11:41

Arnold Dreyblatt and The Orchestra Of Excited Strings :: Propellers In Love

Earlier this year, the fine folks at Superior Viaduct reissued renegade composer Arnold Dreyblatt’s 1986 LP Propellers In Love, a work of intonated minimalism performed with his Orchestra of Excited Strings. Seeing William Tyler perform with Megafaun last weekend at Pickathon put me in a Dreyblatt mood — the band’s 2013 collaboration with the renowned minimalist, […]

Duration: 00:09:31

David Earle Johnson / Jan Hammer :: Time Is Free

Drums. Synths. Space. In 1977, four years following the dissolution of Mahavishnu Orchestra, Jan Hammer teamed with percussionist David Earle Johnson for Time Is Free – the first of a pair of collaborative albums. Having carved out his own solo career beginning with 1975’s The First Seven Days (on which Johnson guests), the tête-à-tête found on […]

Duration: 00:39:54

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