Costa y cañón. Via satellite, transmitting from northeast Los Angeles — the Aquarium Drunkard Show on SIRIUS/XMU, channel 35. 7pm California time, Wednesdays.
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Composer and producer Frank Maston reflects on the recent passing of Ennio Morricone, sharing his thoughts along with a mix of lesser known Morricone compositions …
Our guest today on Transmissions is Don Bryant. Born in Memphis, Tennessee, he was one of the premier songwriters at Hi Records, writing for Al Green, O.V. Wright, Syl Johnson, and his wife, Ann Peebles. His new album is called You Make Me Feel. Bryant joins us to discuss it, highlights from his massive songbook, and his marriage and creative partnership with Ann Peebles.
This is the story of the Trees Community, a small band of NYC outsiders who lived as a traveling monastic order in the 1970s playing devotional folk music that connected the avant-garde to the sacred.
The hammered dulcimer has been played all over the world for more than 1,000 years. But the vast possibilities of the instrument are still being explored. Case in point: Powers/Rolin Duo’s self-titled LP on Feeding Tube Records. Here, Jen Powers uses the hammered dulcimer to create a rippling, reverberant sound, something both minimal and expansive.
A necessary transmission coming to us from the Polvo galaxy. Silver Scrolls features members of that pioneering band, but offers plenty of fresh perspectives and jams.
Hot as a roman candle, cool as a case of watery domestics. Via satellite, transmitting from northeast Los Angeles — the Aquarium Drunkard Show on SIRIUS/XMU, channel 35. 7pm California time, Wednesdays.
This week on our weekly talk show, Transmissions: Joe Casey of Protomartyr. One of the most exciting rock bands of the last decade, the Detroit-based post punk band will release its fifth album, Ultimate Success Today July 17th. The word prophetic isn’t a stretch. With its references to disease, institutional brutality, and gross inequality—symptoms of “a cosmic grief, beyond all comprehension”—the new record matches the apocalyptic mood of the US, and much of the world, in 2020. But it also speaks to the continued growth of the Protomartyr aesthetic, pairing contributions by players associated with free jazz and experimental music with post-punk rhythms.
But however eclectic Songs For John Venn gets, the album is held together firmly by Lou Turner’s singular lyrics and perfectly breezy vocals. She can make even the most tongue-twisted of lines sound as natural as a conversation with friends, blending wry humor with piercing observations, stony wonderings with crystal clear vision. These tunes follow their own weird inner logic but remain altogether accessible for the casual listener — a neat trick, indeed.
The third volume of live recordings from taper Cory Rayborn for Aquarium Drunkard.
Fifteen tracks, including: Silver Jews, Lambchop, Mission of Burma, Tortoise, Magnolia Electric Co., David Byrne & more …
On the surface, nothing about Whit Dickey’s decision to start his new record label, Tao Forms, makes much sense. It’s the drummer’s first time leading such a venture, and he’s doing so in his mid-60s, right around the time most impresarios are looking toward retirement. Too, he’s using Tao Forms as outlet for free jazz (his own as well as music by Mathew Shipp). Not the soundest of commercial moves—especially amid a global pandemic—but that has never seemed to be his concern.
On his new lp Recumbent Speech , multi-instrumentalist and composer Ezra Feinberg offers up six gently propulsive gems that evoke the kosmische sounds of Michael Rother, Brian Eno at his most sublime, […]
Patching samples from an unknown origin found in a used Teac A-2340 with a wistful cosmic country air, he has made something immediately timeless. As much a Sunday morning coffee record as it is a long, humid summer evening. Lo-fi psychedelic rock, echo-chambers of noise, and bedroom soul converse in an imaginative world where Broadcast and Cotton Jones might have jammed together.