…the golden period from the 1970s into the early 80s when jazz in Japan came into its own identity and sound.
100 minutes of library groovers – dance floor bangers – funky fusion – modal swingers – big band stompers – jazz rock psychedelia and the impeccable sound of TBM are all represented.
Meditate for awhile on this one — a 25-minute portrait of Go Hirano, filmed at the musician’s home in Kamakura, Japan earlier this year by Vincent Guilbert.
On the self-produced Yene Mircha, Ethiopian jazz legend Hailu Mergia is joined by two other stalwarts of the post-revolution ‘70s music scene: traditional vocalist Tsehay Kassa and saxophonist Moges Habte, a cornerstone of the Walias band horn section. “The idea is to bring back the influence of the ‘70s sound and mix that with the new sound,” says Mergia. “I think that’s what I’m working with.”
From the same dusty Case Logic binder that recently brought you Bob Marley & The Wailers @ The Record Plant, here are two shows of curve-flattening funk from 1977.
Ether access basement broadcasts. Transmitting from the hills of Glassell Park, Calif., welcome to episode one of the Aquarium Drunkard picture show.
Feat: Dungen / Cave / Mwandishi Band / Devendra Banhart / L’Eclair / Can / John Martyn / Serge Gainsbourg / Pink Floyd & more …
On his new lp Third Album, Montreal’s Markus Floats rewards deep listens with emotive electronic melodies, granular textures, and mesmerizing arpeggios. It’s the culmination of Markus’s work so far, but like the hyper-prolific artists he cites as influences—Prince and Fennesz—also just one drop in his deep pool.
As last year’s astonishing Iowa Dream showed, the posthumous Arthur Russell well is far from dry. The man lived and breathed music for his short time on the planet, and we’re extremely fortunate to be able to explore his beautiful/beguiling imagination. Compared to his studio work, there are relatively few documents of Russell as a live performer — which is why this 35-year-old tape is so precious.
For over thirty years, the Australian trio has amassed a body of work that is amorphous, always in flux, and changing with each new studio recording or live performance. To listen to the Necks is to embrace the ephemeral and reject the absolute. Assembled together, all those moments—stored as physical music or kept in the memories of spectators—make up something monumental. What the hell: something definitive.
Underneath the bunker, via satellite, transmitting from northeast Los Angeles. SIRIUS/XMU, channel 35. 7pm California time, Wednesdays.
34.1090° N, 118.2334° W
Like his mentor Sun Ra, Ahmed Abdullah understands the power and significance of a name. Diaspora, the combo he leads with Monique Ngozi Nri, stands for “Dispersions of the Spirt of Ra,” and they joined AD to discuss the continual recreation of Ra’s music, Afrofuturism, and the possibilities of the future.
For this week’s installment of the Lagniappe Sessions, Gasc chose a fitting selection of tunes that feels something like a stripped-down companion piece to his debut lp, ‘L’Appel de la Forêt’. Now at Aquarium Drunkard, the Toulouse, France based troubadour covering Marie Laforêt, The Who and Michel Delpech.
And we’re back with a check in with songwriter, bandleader, and longtime Aquarium Drunkard supporter Patterson Hood of the Drive-By Truckers. Earlier this year, the Truckers released their 12th lp, The Unraveling, a righteously pissed off record about gun violence, white supremacy, and the possibility of reincarnation. We rang up Hood to talk about quarantining in Portland, Oregon, the ins and outs of modern America, the new Bob Dylan song, and his early, formative experience seeing the great John Martyn.
“Sing a simple song, you can’t go wrong” // Some slow and mellow songs for these not so mellow times …