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    Ty Segall

    Ty Segall :: Segall Smeagol

    Ty Segall is an inspired interpreter. With a previous collection of T. Rex covers and a deep-fried take on Hot Chocolate’s “Every 1’s a Winner” under his belt, he reaches a high noon stand down on this new six-track quarantine collection of covers culled from Harry Nilsson’s 1971 lp, Nilsson Schmilsson. The source material jittery and depraved as it already is, Segall twists it further inward, practically taking a trip to the Overlook Hotel on wholly villainous rides at “Coconut,” “Gotta Get Up,” “Early in the Morning,” and the like. Dripped in psychedelic sludge, sometimes you’ve just got to fight crazy with crazy.

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    DUNE :: Motion Picture Soundtrack

    Arrakis…Dune…desert planet. Take a cue from Muad’Dib and and adjust you stillsuit to desert fashion, as Dune’s official soundtrack is being reissued on vinyl August 29th by Jackpot Records for Record Store Day 2020. Arid and sweeping, expect sounds from Brian Eno and Toto, accompanied by the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and Volksoper Choir. Sourced from the original master tapes. The Spice must flow …

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    Benny Yurco

    Benny Yurco :: You Are My Dreams

    The strange and alluring sonic world of Burlington, Vermont’s Benny Yurco comes to life on his sophomore long player, You Are My Dreams, released last month via People in a Position to Know. Having gigged regularly as rhythm guitarist for Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, this is Yurco’s first solo output in almost a decade. Dranged and dubbed out bedroom cantina vibes…

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    Kiko Dinucci

    Kiko Dinucci :: Rastilho

    With Rastilho, Kiko Dinucci set out to make an album in the vein of Brazilian compatriot João Gilberto … as scanned through the lens of São Paulo’s avant-garde scene, African polyphonic rhythms and percussive post-punk. Sacrosanct this is not.

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    Beverly Glenn-Copeland

    Beverly Glenn-Copeland :: At Last!

    This fall finds the release of Transmissions: The Music of Beverly Glenn-Copeland—a collection of the wildly idiosyncratic and brilliantly singular catalog of a pioneering transgender artist. Perhaps most exciting, is its introduction of a heretofore unknown EP from 1983, entitled At Last!. Daring and jazzy, and not without a touch of danger, Glenn-Copeland crafts something of a more straight-forward “rock” here, filling the extended player with soaring guitar lines, muscular rhythms, and power ballads. It works.

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    David Darling & the Wulu Bunun

    David Darling & the Wulu Bunun :: Mudanin Kata

    This 2004 collaboration between cellist David Darling and the Wulu Bunun singers of Taiwan is nothing short of a miracle. With the Bunun singers’ a capella vocal recordings of indigenous folk songs at the core, their joyous, polyphonic harmonies coalesce with Darling’s luminous, delicate, and occasionally bluesy compositional tones. Together, they brighten and blossom amongst ambient sounds of nature, resulting in something truly spectacular and life-affirming. It’s a breathtakingly beautiful record deserving of far wider recognition.

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    Chico Bernardes

    Chico Bernardes :: Chico Bernardes

    São Paulo’s Chico Bernardes has been busy. Over the past 12 months the Brazilian singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist has recorded and released two singles, and a self-titled full length.

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    Ron Mathewson’s Mystery Machine

    Ron Mathewson’s Mystery Machine :: A Love Supreme

    Part Soft Machine groove excavation, part Sabbathy ritual, bassist Ron Mathewson and his (unidentified) band take on John Coltrane’s classic “A Love Supreme.”

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The Velvet Underground :: The Second Fret, Philadelphia, January 1970

…fiery renditions of “White Light / White Heat,” “Sister Ray” and “Foggy Notion” (Sterling Morrison sounding especially killer on the latter tune). There’s a rare take on the lovely “Over You,” for some reason never attempted in the studio — here, Lou Reed calls it his “Billie Holiday impersonation.” And then there’s “Sweet Jane,” still in its original, slow-and-steady incarnation, Reed making up lyrics as he goes. Lo-fi quality? Yeah. Hi-fi experience? Oh yeah.

Transmissions :: Jerry David DeCicca

Our guest this week is Jerry David DeCicca. Perhaps you know him best from Black Swans, or maybe some of the great albums he’s produced by so called “outsider” songwriters like Ed Askew, Larry Jon Wilson, and Chris Gantry, among others. Since 2014, he’s been putting out great records under his own name. His latest is called The Unlikely Optimist And His Domestic Adventures. Jerry describes it as “an anti-Hallmark ode to positivity.” Who couldn’t use some positivity this year? In advance of its release on October 16th, Aquarium Drunkard correspondent Chad DePasquale joined Jerry to discuss Texas, his pets and social services work, and of course, Bob Dylan’s Rough and Rowdy Ways, which JDD idiosyncratically reviewed for Aquarium Drunkard.

Radio Free Aquarium Drunkard September 2020 Broadcast

The third episode of Radio Free Aquarium Drunkard, our monthly four-hour broadcast every third Sunday of the month, is now archived for on-demand listening at Dublab. Originally aired September 20th, this edition features a special presentation of Aquarium Drunkard’s Lagniappe Sessions in the first hour, followed by Range and Basin, Doom and Gloom From the Tomb, and Personal Sky. Individual shows are archived for our Patreon supporters.

Spires That in the Sunset Rise :: Sax Solfa

Wisconsin-based duo Spires That In The Sunset Rise have been together for nearly twenty years, producing psychedelic folk creations that explore the outer reaches. Members Ka Baird and Taralie Peterson’s forthcoming twelfth album, Psychic Oscillations (out October 9th via FPE Records) is the next chapter in their long-unfolding sonic story.

Wendy Eisenberg :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview

Wendy Eisenberg is an improvising guitar and banjo player with an extraordinary command of their instruments, flitting effortlessly from intricate, off-balance jazz riffs to oblique 20th century classical motifs to rock and folk and Latin sounds. Trained in classical music and jazz, the artist employs considerable skills in the service of what sound like enigmatic pop songs, which draw on soul-wrenching experiences in a very formal, well-regulated way.