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It’s been almost five years since Zachary Cale’s last full-length (the excellent Duskland) — but he’s made up for lost time with his new double LP False Spring. It’s the songwriter’s best effort yet, understated yet ambitious, polished but never slick. It also feels hauntingly relevant to our current situation, as Cale depicts a chaotic world, confusion around every corner, apocalypse on the horizon.
With his “It’s Only Life, That’s All” playlist, Nap Eyes guitarist Brad Loughead created a mix “mainly as a way to occupy myself, [to] get lost in beautiful music and turn my brain off.” It encompasses familiar themes—”of love, mortality, troubled times…’ya know, the light stuff,” but like Nap Eyes’ fourth lp, Snapshot of a Beginner, it achieves a powerful effect by just easing on by.
There are voices. And then there are Voices. With “Wondrous Love,” Shirley Collins reminds us she’s in the latter category, bringing fresh humanity this early 1800s Sacred Harp hymn (with roots stretching back even further to the British isles).
We’ll have plenty more to say about Homegrown proper in the upcoming weeks. But for now, take a listen to a mix of tunes from the album that have made their way into Young’s live repertoire over the years, plus a few added rarities. Let it ring!
With Gymnopedie No. 1, Toronto saxophonist Joseph Shabason returns once more with a new fourth world adult contemporary tone zone, finding new resonance in Satie’s timeless memories.
Dream letter: Greetings from L.A. Via satellite, the Aquarium Drunkard Show on SIRIUS/XMU, channel 35. 7pm California time, Wednesdays.
And we’re back. Welcome to another installment of Transmissions. For this episode, we’re bringing you one from the Radio Free Aquarium Drunkard’s archives: a live conversation with Ben Kramer and our founder Justin Gage, discussing 15 years of Aquarium Drunkard. Though RFAD is on pause, keep your eyes open for the eventual return of the Tonight Zone, Kramer’s late night call-in show. For now, tune in and drift as Kramer and Gage discuss the evolution and vision behind Aquarium Drunkard.
Four elder artists—Augie Meyers, Kath Bloom, Ed Askew, and Michael Hurley—speak with Jerry David DeCicca about living the art life in quarantine. No surprise, these conversations are filled with humanity, compassion, vulnerability, and humor.
I can still see it now: a black and white profile photo of Michael Stipe on a stark white background, via R.E.M.’s Mumble LP – a bootleg comprised of material […]
Silent Ways offers an immersive submersion into the depths of “In A Silent Way.” Composed by Joe Zawinul and made famous as the title track of Miles Davis’ first all-electric LP, it’s a song that doesn’t attempt to stop time as much as it attempts control time. Speed it up, slow it down, stretch it out, turn it upside down
Bob Dylan historian James Adams’ Pretty Good Stuff. Hosted by Adams himself, the hour-long program dove deep into the depths of all things Dwarf Music.
Fear not, Bobcats: while the signal may be on pause, the revelry continues as we are continuing the show on a monthly basis in this new format.
Antiquarian bookseller and author Paul Drummond’s new book 13th Floor Elevators: A Visual History gathers together a wealth of materials, including photos, clippings, show flyers, stills, and legal documents. Here, editor Mark Iosifescu discusses bringing the uncanny saga of the Elevators to life.