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    Madrigal

    Madrigal :: S/T

    Madrigal’s self-titled album, reissued via Subliminal Sounds in 2017. A slice of early 70s lo-fi, basement DIY, experimenting with oscillating drones, drum machines, vox, electric guitar and bass. Or: haunted, subterranean folk music as heard through a slab of dilapidated drywall.

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    The Skygreen Leopards

    The Skygreen Leopards :: One Thousand Bird Ceremony

    “We want to make pop music, inspired by the AM radio psych pop [and] folk of yore,” Donaldson said of the Skygreen Leopards in 2005, “but we can’t help but make it a bit strange, because we are a bit strange.”

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    Sten Bergman

    Sten Bergman :: Lyckohjulet

    Loosely affiliated with the Träd, Gräs Och Stenar crew, Sten Bergman only released one LP — 1974’s Lyckohjulet — but it is an extremely sweet slice of vintage Swedish folk rock. He’s joined here by Träd, Gräs drummer Thomas Mera Gartz for a set of 10 excellent tunes that run the gamut from Basement Tapes-y rambles to moody, “Down By The River”-esque excursions.

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    Color Green

    Color Green :: EP

    A laid back twenty minute ride harnessing the spirit of peak-era 70s coast and canyon. Bootcut tall tales dripping with pedal steel, lilting harmonies and an aching sense of wonder. Something they use to call ‘cosmic American music’.

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    Rhyton

    Rhyton :: Pharaonic Crosstalk

    Pharaonic is almost a fusion record, redolent as much of Lost Quintet-era Miles and the moody explorations of early Weather Report as the liquid energy of the ‘74 Grateful Dead and the swirling jazz-rock of the Soft Machine.

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    Black Jazz Records

    Black Jazz Records :: Reissues

    The Oakland, CA based Black Jazz Records existed between 1971 and 1975 releasing twenty albums, from the guitar odyssey of Calvin Keys’ Shawn-Neeq to Doug Carn’s appropriately titled Revelation. And now it’s all back in print, thanks to Real Gone Music’s ongoing reissue campaign.

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    Mouth Painter

    Mouth Painter :: Tropicale Moon

    For their third release, Mouth Painter mold their high-lonesome exotica into a different kind Americana altogether, something more Kosimiche than cosmic. It’s the kind of music that might be playing on the jukebox in some Venusian honky-tonk.

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    Little Feat

    Little Feat :: Little Feat

    Lowell George wrote about what he knew best: speedballs and hamburgers, dive bar denizens and cranked-out truckers looking for salvation. Released in 1971, Little Feat is a far cry from the studio slick boogie that eventually became the band’s trademark, but it’s also one of the best records Lowell George & co. ever made.

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Aquarium Drunkard Book Club :: Chapter Ten

Welcome back to the stacks. It’s Aquarium Drunkard’s Book Club, our monthly gathering of recent (or not so recent) recommended reading. This month: Sam Shepard on Bob Dylan, Prince in the studio, René Daumal’s Mount Analogue, César Aira, Philip Frobos, Rachel Kushner, and the concrete poetry of Jim Johnson.

Hataalii :: S/T/First Take

Hailing from Window Rock, Arizona, Hataalii’s songs are weirdly genreless and out-of-time, yet constantly reach for some sort of cosmic agency. You can frequently hear him experimenting and trying different personas on, but the force of his charisma unites all the disparate elements he puts together, conjuring a kind of Southwestern saudade.

Ben Chasny :: The Intimate Landscape

Let’s hear it for Ben Chasny, who’s pulled off a rare hat trick for 2021 — three radically different (and just plain radical) releases in a single calendar year. First, we got New Bums’ long awaited second LP, The Last Time I Saw Grace. Then came the spaceways-traveling/Faust-covering Six Organs of Admittance album, The Veiled Sea. Now, Ben has revealed The Intimate Landscape, a terrific collection of (mostly) solo acoustic instrumentals that can stand among his warmest, loveliest efforts.

Jonny Trunk :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview

For the past 25 years Jonny Trunk has done things his own way. Never content to simply repackage an album for the nth time, Trunk has always dug way deeper than most when it comes to the reissues and discoveries he releases on his Trunk Records imprint. Starting with the first-ever commercially released compilation of library music and the initial release of The Wicker Man’s glorious soundtrack, Trunk has continued to unassumingly and consistently influence certain subsections of modern music and the ever-churning reissue juggernaut.

Aquarium Drunkard recently sat down with Jonny discuss the label’s beginnings, his background in advertising, how he manages to stay inspired, the enigmatic Basil Kirchin, and more.

Tarah Kikuchi :: Science EP

Tokyo based Tarah Kikuchi is by turns throwback and on-trend. His homespun recordings feel snug, warm and familiar. Songs like “Railgun Girl” reside in a sweet spot between Hosono and Demarco, but it’s when he ventures out from that place of comfort, sonically, on a track like “Veronica,” the results feel especially inspired. High-pitched harmonies hop over Os Mutantes grooves as Kikuchi’s palette veers into pop-bop. If that all sounds a bit like Beck’s Tropicalia that’s because it does, in the most welcome way.

Autumn Hymnal :: A Mixtape

Autumn Hymnal: 23 tracks of jazz, folk and ambient suited to navigate these changes–from the celebratory catharsis of Tim Buckley, to the mournful acceptance of Anne Briggs, to the haunting beauty of Jessica Pratt. Put on your favorite sweater, pour something warm and enjoy the ride.