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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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    Venezuela 70

    Venezuela 70 :: Cosmic Visions Of A Latin American Earth

    …a heady brew and one hot stew of a melting pot, blending Latin rhythms and Venezuelan roots with krautrock, baroque pop, intergalactic jazz, spaced-out garage rock, exotica lounge, and technicolor psych-pop.

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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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    Steve Gunn

    Steve Gunn :: Other You

    Since it was recorded in California, it’s tempting to call Other You Steve Gunn’s most sun-kissed effort yet. And to be sure, the record features some of the singer-songwriter’s sweetest melodies, his warmest vocals, and most inviting arrangements.

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    Lee

    Lee "Scratch" Perry :: Arkology

    Out-of-print, yet easily found via third party sellers, this three disc set comps the work the Upsetter produced and recorded at his doomed Black Ark studio from 1973-79. An essential listen with a capital E.

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    Various Artists

    Various Artists :: Country Funk Volume 3 - 1975-1982

    Another slab of greasy country funk, courtesy of Light In The Attic Records. This third bootcut offering slides right into the early 80s, where the horse still bucks and the band still funks.

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    Alan Dunham

    Alan Dunham :: Flying Alone

    A collection of extremely catchy, extremely inventive lo-fi pop rock that you can slot next to McCartney’s Ram, Something Else-era Kinks, and Daniel Johnston at his most starry-eyed.

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Bob Dylan :: Springtime In New York: The Bootleg Series, Vol.16 (1980-1985)

Is it possible that the latest in Dylan’s Bootleg Series feels … a little slim? Here’s what we get with Springtime In New York: two discs of rehearsals and outtakes from the tail-end of the so-called “Gospel Era”; two discs of Infidels session outtakes; and one disc with a smattering of live performances and studio alternates from 1984 and 1985. It clocks in at well over four hours, but it isn’t quite the immersive deep dive into this Dylan era that fanatics have been dreaming of for many years.

Badge Epoch :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview

Before adopting the Badge Époque Ensemble banner and a palette of ’70s prog, jazz rock, and funk, Toronto’s Maximilian Turnbull recorded art rock under the alias Slim Twig. It’s fitting then that he reached for a third designation for Scroll, his new 90 minute audio collage under the Badge Epoch designation. Drawing from nearly a decade of recordings, sessions, snippets, and demos, the album documents Turnbull’s restless experimentation, drifting from minimalist tones to crisp beatwork, from jazzy washes to intense musique concrète freak outs.

Radio Free Aquarium Drunkard on dublab :: September 2021

Every third Sunday, free form sounds for four hours with the Radio Free Aquarium Drunkard Sunday crew. For the September episode, hour one features an opening invocation by AD founder and leader Justin Gage, followed by Range & Basin with Jason P. Woodbury, with a smattering of audio collages and needle drops. Following, Doom & Gloom From the Tomb with Tyler Wilcox, with an hour’s worth of reimaginings of Ornette Coleman’s “Lonely Woman.” To close, Cosmic Chambo Presents: Rituales de lo habitual—a program of devotional heaviness.

Group Listening

Group Listening return with Clarinet & Piano: Selected Works Vol. 2, set for release at the top of next year. This new collection finds the U.K. duo setting their sights on works from Robbie Basho, Syrinx, popular folk, and, in this first taste, the inimitable Beverly Glenn-Copeland, covering “Sunset Village” from his 1986 masterpiece Keyboard Fantasies.

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.

Monde UFO :: Lying On The Ground

Following July’s drop of “Lowered Shelf,” Monde UFO—the LA-based duo of Ray Monde and Kris Chau—return this month with “Lying on the Ground,” the next taste off their forthcoming debut, 7171, which sees release on Halloween via Monde’s own label, Universal Freeing Object.