Mike Polizze’s acoustic album Long Lost Solace Find was one of 2020’s prettiest and most laid back folk rock recordings. But with Purling Hiss’ Drag On Girard, he resumed his assault on the ampflier with a blistered headlong brilliance. He joins us to discuss.
Fifty years ago, fifty two minute bootleg fan compilation of Pink Floyd tour footage in support of Dark Side of The Moon, 1972-73.
Late last year Wadada Leo Smith turned 81. The trumpeter and composer has been making records since the late 1960s when he was part of Chicago’s AACM, and he’s recorded for everyone from ECM to Tzadik, doing everything from solo trumpet records to string quartets. But as he gets to an age when most slow down, Smith’s been even more prolific than ever. Last year saw seven discs of string quartets, plus another five of duos between him and musicians like Jack DeJohnette and Andrew Cyrille. And now there’s another set: Fire Illuminations, a digital only release coming out via Smith’s own Kabell Records on March 31.
Courtesy of rain soaked LA. Via satellite, transmitting from northeast Los Angeles — the Aquarium Drunkard Show on SIRIUS/XMU, channel 35. 7pm California time, Wednesdays.
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Rod Argent and Colin Blunstone of The Zombies join us on the Transmissions podcast to discuss new music, their classic single “Tell Her No” and landmark LP Odessey and Oracle, their relationship to super fan Tom Petty, and of course, we had to ask them about the fake Zombies that toured in the wake of the band’s late ‘60s breakup.
With a career spanning six decades, Joel Vandroogenbroeck witnessed nearly the entire development of western pop music’s lesser-known backrooms—from the early days of jazz singers in smoky bars to soul crooners to kosmische-inflected Fusion and the rise of New Age soundscapes. Rising to recognition in the 21st century as sonically adventurous listeners began deep dives into the cosmic landscape of European jazz-rock, the Vandroogenbroeck-led Brainticket existed on the same plane as Between, Bob Downes, and Xhol Caravan.
On May 26, Aquarium Drunkard and Org Music present Jesus People Music Vol. 2. Culled from the BlackForrestry’s AD mixtapes of obscure ’60s and ’70s Jesus People psych, rock, folk, and country. In advance of this collection’s release, we’re presenting its liner notes, written by Jason P. Woodbury.
The inaugural Lagniappe Session from songwriter Tim Hill arrives on the heels of his sophomore effort Giant, a cozy collection of songs rooted in the traditions of LA troubadours like Warren Zevon and Neil Young. Also a Whittier, California-based ranch worker and known as the touring keyboardist for Allah-Lahs, Hill continues to brew his own craft of cowboy originals rooted in worn and dusty standards.
Coming through the haze, it’s Radio Free Aquarium Drunkard on dublab. Up first, New Happy Gathering offers an overcast hour of South African jazz, Japanese surf guitar psych, Hungarian pop, and outsider Americana. Then Range and Basin drops in with spoken word sci-fi mysticism, jazz, funk, and live recordings. Then, Doom and Gloom from the Tomb brings a mid-’60s Blue Note extravaganza of moody post-hard-bop. And to close, SUSS brings us a special hour-plus broadcast of influences, icons, and outliers from the Ambient Country scene. Tune in Sunday, March 19 from 4-8 PM Pacific time via dublab.
We caught up with Doug Paisley on a foggy January night at his home in Toronto. His new album Say What You Like, out March 17th on Outside Music, was recorded over the past few years, with selections pulled from his huge trove of songs in progress. “For me it’s all about recording these little ideas and then they just keep coming back,” Paisley said. “And there’s a question in them and then the answer is somewhere way down the road.”
Turner Williams’s instrument of choice is the shahi baaja— a kind of amplified typewriter zither, which uses metal keys to alter the pitches of its strings, already a collision of east and west, archaic and industrial. Run through a vast arsenal of effects pedals, the entire rig gets downright cybernetic.
It’s 1973 and with Au pays des merveilles de Juliet French singer-songwriter Yves Simon decides to change things up. Syncopated, the title track finds Simon’s sing-speak vocal floating above two and half minutes of folk-funk. Listen up, tout suite.
Today on Transmissions, we’re joined by Saskatchewan-born songwriter Andy Shauf to discuss getting sober, God, and how these big topics relate to his latest album of introspective folk pop, Norm. Fans of his ‘70s-styled songcraft will still find lots to love here, but as we discuss, the production is deeply rooted in modern experimentation and the anything goes sonic possibilities of digital recording.