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    Herbie Hancock

    Herbie Hancock :: Magic Windows

    Slide into “The Twilight Clone”, via the 1981 album, Magic Windows, a track co-written by Adrian Belew. Press play and get your Alpha Syntauri synth-funk ya ya’s out.

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    Linda Smith

    Linda Smith :: Till Another Time: 1988-1996

    Essential retrospective collection of lo-fi pioneer Linda Smith. A baker’s dozen, spanning nearly a decade, the set highlights the artist’s home recording as aesthetic approach, culminating in something that feels both in and out of time. Fans of the Sky Girl compilation take note …

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    Robert Lester Folsom

    Robert Lester Folsom :: Sunshine Only Sometimes: Archives, Vol. 2, 1972-1975

    Another welcome dip into the amazing vault of Robert Lester Folsom, a Georgia-based songwriter who deserves to be mentioned alongside such oddball pop auteurs as Emitt Rhodes, Chris Bell and — hey, why not? — Paul McCartney himself.

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    Masahiko Togashi with Don Cherry & Charlie Haden

    Masahiko Togashi with Don Cherry & Charlie Haden :: Song of Soil

    Cut in Paris, smoking 1979 session featuring Old And New Dreams bandmates Don Cherry and Charlie Haden buoyed by Japanese drummer, Masahiko Togashi. Reissued in 2022 via We Want Sounds complete with an 8 page booklet.

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    Rich Ruth

    Rich Ruth :: Calming Signals

    Calming Signals is the 2019 debut from the Nashville, TN-based jazz-ambient composer, Rich Ruth. On the album’s mesmerizing opener, “Coming Down,” a squall of guitars and bleary synthesizers weave in and out of hypnotic swells of bass and escalating saxophone.

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    Tim Buckley

    Tim Buckley :: Blue Afternoon

    Recorded after Lorca, but released before it, the perfect marriage of where Tim Buckley was coming from and where he was going. 1969.

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    Thomas Almqvist

    Thomas Almqvist :: Nyanser

    Swedish composer and multi-instrumentalist Thomas Almqvist’s 1979 debut, Nyanser, is a Nordic masterpiece of folk, fusion, and world music. A guitarist first and foremost, he plays the record largely himself, his patient and winding passages often leading the sojourn across the album’s majestic thirty-eight minutes.

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    Sunburned Hand Of The Man

    Sunburned Hand Of The Man :: Headdress (20th Anniversary Remaster)

    The brilliantly colored and exquisitely crocheted hand talisman on the cover of Headdress beckons you in. The fingertips of the sunburned hand touch the waning crescent moon. It is a good reminder that Sunburned Hand of the Man knew how to sling that cosmic slop. Of all the free rock bands that emerged around the turn of the millennium, Sunburned were definitely the loosest and funkiest.

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Old Fire :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview

On John Mark Lapham’s second release under the moniker Old Fire Voids, the musician and filmmaker creates a sprawling and meditative odyssey through the darkest corners of the West Texas towns that continues to spark his imagination. A guest-filled journey with vocal and lyrical contributions by Bill Callahan, Adam Torres, Emily Cross and Julia Holter, Lapham pulls elements from post-rock, avant-country, spiritual jazz, and murky drones to soundtrack eroding structures that cast shadows in the desert for nefarious characters to hide.

Journey To Inner Space With The Groundhogs

Built on stones laid down by John Lee Hooker, Tony “T.S.” McPhee’s The Groundhogs were labeled “post-blues” by the rock & roll press of the late ’60s and ’70s. The band was farther out than Cream, and they tapped into an end-of-flower-power darkness like a less disdainful The Doors, and shared the medieval attitude of Ladbroke Grove bands like Deviants, Pink Fairies, or Hawkwind. but their journey to Inner Space reflects entirely unique concerns.

King Tuff :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview

King Tuff’s newest album, Smalltown Stardust, looks back fondly on the place where Kyle Thomas grew up, couching sunny melodies in soft 1960s psychedelia and folk arrangements. In this interview, we talked about small town life Vermont-style and the experiences that shaped Thomas.“ When there’s nothing to do, you kind of make it up. You’ve got to figure out how to fill the time. We would go play music together or just hang out,” he recalls.“I do think that boredom is a huge part of creativity.”

Thomas Almqvist :: Nyanser

Swedish composer and multi-instrumentalist Thomas Almqvist’s 1979 debut, Nyanser, is a Nordic masterpiece of folk, fusion, and world music. A guitarist first and foremost, he plays the record largely himself, his patient and winding passages often leading the sojourn across the album’s majestic thirty-eight minutes. He also lends his hand at Rhodes, flute, synthesizer, tabla, bass drum, Amadinda, and all manners of percussion, the virtuosity of his playing spiritedly matched with the fervent erasure of genre—flowing freely between folk, jazz fusion, synth-pop, new age guitar, and heady dives into percussive, tribal chants.  

Eddie Chacon :: Step By Step

Like a duck gliding over water, synth-soul maestro Eddie Chacon returns with “Step By Step,” another taste of his forthcoming record Sundown, out March 31st on Stones Throw Records. Produced by John Carroll Kirby, it oozes spaced-out bliss.

Bobbie Lovesong :: On The Wind

After catching our attention when it first appeared on Bandcamp back in 2021, Bobbie Lovesong’s debut gets a welcome rerelease on vinyl via Woodsist. A work of both solitude and harmony, On The Wind is an “hallucinatory sonic love letter” to Taos, New Mexico, where Lovesong (aka Madelyn Strutz) lived communally with a small group of musicians during lockdown in 2020. It’s a perfectly played hand of desert solitaire, full of dreamy 60s- inspired pop and woozy instrumentals that pass through the clouds of your mind like lysergic vapor trails against the cosmic American sky.

Videodrome :: Lady In A Cage (1964)

If Lady In A Cage presents a worldview, it’s decidedly misanthropic. Footage of baseball games and fighter jets are juxtaposed with heinous news reports and acts of savagery. This is America in decline, blissfully aware of its ignorance but unwilling to confront the nightmares its pacification has spawned.

The Tropicals :: Urubamba

Originally released in 1972, The Tropicals’ Urubamba was, until recently, a deeply rare collection of the experimental library sounds of Italian composers Giancarlo Barigozzi aka Ginazzi & Oscar Rocchi aka Chiarosi. An album delighting in all manners of jazz, funk, fusion, easy-listening, and Afro-beat, it saw its first ever reissue last month in celebration of its fiftieth anniversary, via the Italian-based Sleeve Records.

Transmissions :: Beauty Pill

The 2023 season of Aquarium Drunkard’s Transmissions podcast is officially underway. This week on the show, Chad Clark of Beauty Pill. On January 20th, Ernest Jenning Record Co. releases Blue Period, a double LP compilation featuring music Clark recorded for the legendary punk label Discord Records between 2003-2005.