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    Go Hirano

    Go Hirano :: Corridor of Daylights

    The P.S.F. catalogue might be better known for its more extreme psych material, but it’s also got delicate gems such as this one lurking in the archives. Freshly reissued by Black Editions, Go Hirano’s Corridor of Daylights is a meditative collection of pastoral piano, gentle chimes, pianica (a breath-powered keyboard instrument) and the occasional wordless Robert Wyatt-esque vocal. Minimally beautiful and quietly deep, it’s the kind of record that sparks the imagination, letting the listener fill in the frame.

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    Yo La Tengo

    Yo La Tengo :: We Have Amnesia Sometimes/Sleepless Night

    Like most of us, Yo La Tengo have had a weird year. But the long-running band is making the most of things with two fresh releases: some things old, some things new, some things borrowed, some things blue.

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    Benny Yurco

    Benny Yurco :: You Are My Dreams

    The strange and alluring sonic world of Burlington, Vermont’s Benny Yurco comes to life on his sophomore long player, You Are My Dreams, released last month via People in a Position to Know. Having gigged regularly as rhythm guitarist for Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, this is Yurco’s first solo output in almost a decade. Dranged and dubbed out bedroom cantina vibes…

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    Kiko Dinucci

    Kiko Dinucci :: Rastilho

    With Rastilho, Kiko Dinucci set out to make an album in the vein of Brazilian compatriot João Gilberto … as scanned through the lens of São Paulo’s avant-garde scene, African polyphonic rhythms and percussive post-punk. Sacrosanct this is not.

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    Alex Sadnik

    Alex Sadnik :: Self Portrait Delay

    Alto saxophonist Alex Sadnik’s Self Portrait Delay occasionally feels like a breezy west coast/cool jazz throwback. But there’s much more to it than retro moves. For one thing, the repertoire is extremely varied, ranging from Bill Evans to Henry Purcell to … the Feelies? Yes, Sadnik takes on “Tomorrow Today” from The Good Earth — and it works! The session sees Sadnik’s playful sax complemented by a killer band, including Tortoise guitarist Jeff Parker, organist Carey Frank and drummer Stephen Hodges.

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    Robert Wyatt

    Robert Wyatt :: His Greatest Misses

    The man. Non-chronological, career spanning, collection. Reissued on vinyl, 2020. Devour this, then buy the myriad eps and lps.

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    Chico Bernardes

    Chico Bernardes :: Chico Bernardes

    São Paulo’s Chico Bernardes has been busy. Over the past 12 months the Brazilian singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist has recorded and released two singles, and a self-titled full length.

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    Ron Mathewson’s Mystery Machine

    Ron Mathewson’s Mystery Machine :: A Love Supreme

    Part Soft Machine groove excavation, part Sabbathy ritual, bassist Ron Mathewson and his (unidentified) band take on John Coltrane’s classic “A Love Supreme.”

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Garcia Peoples :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview

New Jersey’s own Garcia Peoples open Nightcap at Wits’ End with an arch, vaguely evil-sounding riff that signals what’s to come: a set of songs that would feel equally at home soundtracking a backyard hang, a rousing game of D&D, or a solitary night at home considering the universe. Founding members Danny Arakaki and Tom Malach join us to discuss the band’s progward drift and open source creative flow.

Cornelia Murr :: Different This Time

We last caught up with Cornelia Murr on the heels of her 2018 debut, Lake Tear of The Clouds, via her Lagniappe entry covering Nina Simone and Patsy Cline. Enter 2020: in addition to recording Lake Tear’s follow-up (out winter ’21) Murr has made the most of lockdown by resuscitating an abandoned video shoot from the previous year. It’s oddly timely, and it’s great.

The Free Will and Testament of Robert Wyatt

With a new book, reissue campaign, and new collaboration with Mary Halvorson’s Code Girl, it’s officially Robert Wyatt Season. Welcome to The Free Will and Testament of Robert Wyatt, a playlist featuring favorites and deep cuts selected by Aquarium Drunkard founder Justin Gage. An introduction to the strange but wonderful world of Robert Wyatt.

Roundtable: Fuzz on Nirvana, Sonny Sharrock, and Boris

This week Ty Segall’s hard rock trio Fuzz releases its latest slab of monolithic riffs, III. We convened Segall, Charles Moothart, and Chad Ubovich to weigh in on three other records by trios, Nirvana’s grunge classic In Utero,, Sonny Sharrock Trio’s no-wave shredder Dance With Me Montana, and Akuma no Uta by Japanese rockers Boris.

Black to Comm :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview

Black to Comm’s Marc Richter has been making electronic music since the early 00s, piecing found sounds into intricate, multilayered compositions.

We caught up with the composer as he talks about his beginnings in music as a young man in the Black Forest region of Germany, the experiences that pointed him towards electronics and the art and artists who have inspired his latest work.

Earl Freeman: Poems and Drawings

Earl Freeman was a bassist, composer, multi-instrumentalist, poet, and artist. We spoke to Adam Lore from 50 Miles of Elbow Room and Michael Klausman from Wry Press about Earl Freeman: Poems and Drawings, the origin of the project, and the man himself.

Andrew Carroll :: You Are Here

On his forthcoming EP You Are Here, Los Angeles-based Lodge 49 composer and songwriter Andrew Carroll offers up a cinematic set of psychedelic pop songs—think Pet Sounds re-envisioned as a soundtrack to a lost noir gem, its character lurking in shadows cast against golden California light. Tonight on Range and Basin, part of the monthly Radio Free Aquarium Drunkard broadcast on Dublab, he joined host Jason P. Woodbury to share an advance listen of his new songs, which are presented here for advance listening ahead of their release October 30th.

Oliver Coates :: skins n slime

Oliver Coates’ Skins n slime is not an easy listen by any means. The record resolutely chooses to veer off-track, taking a sharp turn from its predecessor Shelley’s on Zenn-La’s experimental dance influences, into barren and decaying sonic surroundings. Except, that is, when moments of pure, keening beauty snake their way through the minuscule cracks Coates has left open, like delicate plant tendrils in search of a ray of sunshine.