We don’t listen to music for precision—we listen for the moments raw humanity breaks through via sound. Guest contributor Matt Hanson reflects on the “barbaric yawps” that course through rock & roll, soul, and the blues.
For their latest, All Or Nothing, Shopping worked with producer Nick Sylvester to amp up the hedonism and beef up their often skeletal songs. In this interview we talked about the band’s new sleeker, synth-augmented sound, the balance of individual autonomy and group voice and why nobody in Shopping wants to be compared to your standard “starter-pack” of post-punk bands.
Outré California. More tales from the pacific rim. The Aquarium Drunkard Show. SIRIUS/XM radio ~ Channel 35. Wednesdays / 7pm California time + on-demand.
On December 29, 2019, folk singer Norma Tanega passed away at the age of 80. Here, writer Erin Osmon reflects on how Tanega embodied joy, wit, and freedom.
When a 20-year-old hippie-punk going by the name Sunfrog found his way from Detroit to the Nevada Test Site in 1988 to protest nuclear weapons, he did not anticipate meeting a Beat legend and Rainbow warrior like Diamond Dave Whitaker — the man responsible for introducing a young Bob Dylan to both Jack Kerouac’s On The Road and Woody Guthrie’s Bound For Glory…
With a coastline of 840 some odd miles in California, it should come as no surprise that many of the artists we revere at Aquarium Drunkard seek refuge and inspiration in the Pacific blue with a surfboard underfoot. Enter new column devoted to the surf: Dawn Patrol. First on the list – Kyle Field aka Little Wings.
In August 2017 I visited Gothenburg, Sweden for the second time in my life. The first time was 12 years earlier when I had spent a grand total of six hours poking around the area […]
Our semi-regular bootleg mix series returns in 2020 with another selection of murky and magical sounds: Fillmore West-ready boogies, mystical mantras, bloozy workouts and deeply stoned jams, plenty of Dead-adjacent action.
Tokyo-based composer and guitarist Leo Takami’s new album, Felis Catus and Silence, sees release next month via Unseen Worlds. An enthusiastically imaginative blend of new age sounds, Takami shapes Windham Hill-inspired guitar compositions with elements of jazz, minimalism, classical music, Japanese gagaku, and ambient textures.
Decade begins. The Aquarium Drunkard Show. SIRIUS/XM radio ~ Channel 35. Wednesdays / 7pm California time + on-demand.
As the nights turn colder and quieter, like clockwork an internal alarm shifts our headspace towards the sounds of 1970’s UK folk rock. Pastoral aural blankets of snow … a soundtrack of interior warmth giving […]
It’s looking more and more likely that Neil Young will release Homegrown in early 2020. Of course, it’s easy to be skeptical—Neil has been teasing this long-lost 1975 masterpiece for the past decade at least. But there appears to be a test pressing, which is promising! First, a little background from some of the key players.
It’s 2020, and while nobody’s saying there isn’t a place for “Blinded By The Light,” to pigeonhole the nuanced greatness that was Manfred Mann solely on their FM radio classic-rock-staple (and Springsteen cover), is egregious. […]