Last year Aquarium Drunkard released RAM On L.A. — a local music compilation featuring eleven Los Angeles artists each covering a track off Paul McCartney’s 1971 LP, RAM. Today we’re following that up with L’Aventure — a local music compilation featuring eight Los Angeles artists paying tribute to Television’s sophomore LP, Adventure.

Like its predecessor, L’Aventure is an attempt to capture, if only for an instant, a slice of what is happening musically in L.A. in 2010. Or more specifically, it’s an attempt to highlight eight Los Angeles artists that have, individually, caught my ear over the past couple of years. By no means all encompassing, L’Aventure is a great jumping off point for those interested in the diverse landscape that is L.A.’s music.

Why Adventure? Why now? Like RAM, the album is used as a template—as a cohesive force—bonding these, at times, disparate artists together. A post-punk landmark, Television’s debut, Marquee Moon, tends to garner most of the adulation. It’s follow-up, Adventure, is now a classic album in its own right that seems to regularly get lost on the mix. In short, it is time for a reevaluation—perhaps this is the beginning of that conversation.

Available as a free high-quality download (FLAC and/or 320kbs mp3), we are encouraging those who have the means to donate to the Los Angeles based Silverlake Conservatory of Music. 100% of all donations go directly to the conservatory. Huge thanks to the artists who generously donated both their time and talents to this project. Artwork by Jeremy Benson, layout by Ben Kramer.

The Players: The Henry Clay People :: Glory, Foreign Born :: Days, The Happy Hollows :: Foxhole, Local Natives :: Careful, The Deadly Syndrome :: Carried Away, Imaad Wasif w/ Lykke Li :: The Fire, Dirt Dress :: Ain’t That Nothin’, The Growlers :: The Dream’s Dream

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38 Responses to “L’Aventure :: A Los Angeles Music Sampler – 2010”

  1. Amazing album…amazing idea

  2. […] from: Aquarium Drunkard » L'Aventure :: A Los Angeles Music Sampler – 2010 Share and […]

  3. […] Aquarium Drunkard presents L’Aventure, a musical tribute to Television’s sophomore LP, featuring a whole bunch of LA bands and […]

  4. […] folks over at Aquarium Drunkard have rounded up 8 local Los Angeles bands to cover tunes from Television’s 1978 record […]

  5. […] go for a ordinal place of that nature: the music journal Aquarium Drunkard has a category of goofy covers medium up for download that finds L.A.-based indie sway adornment covering, track-for-track, Television’s […]

  6. […] which 11 local artists covered the songs on Paul McCartney’s 1971 album “RAM” — “L’Aventure” is a charity effort. All proceeds from the pay-what-you-will downloads benefit the Silverlake Conservatory of Music. […]

  7. […] is available as a free download (FLAC and/or 320kbs mp3), if you have the means, please donate to the Los Angeles based Silverlake Conservatory of Music. 100% of all donations go directly to the […]

  8. […] Jun Justin from Aquarium Drunkard has done it again. Following last year’s song-for-song tribute to McCartney’s Ram, […]

  9. […] HERE to download the album directly from Aquarium Drunkard.  All proceeds from the album download […]

  10. […] & Hiss interviews Aquarium Drunkard's Justin Gage about the blog's new Television covers album, L'Aventure (available as a free mp3 download, but a donation to charity is […]

  11. Great comp!

  12. oh yeah! excited to give this a listen

  13. […] televisions adventure. i have not checked it out as of yet, but im sure its pretty awesome. clicky here. donations are accepted, all of which will benefit the silverlake conservatory of […]

  14. […] Looking for the LA tribute to Television’s Adventure, L’Aventure? You can download it: here. […]

  15. […] Both tracks are taken from the Aquarium Drunkard blog’s annual digital cover compilation “L’Aventure” of Television’s 1978 album, following up to last year’s “RAM On […]

  16. […] Moon, due to it’s length had to be divided between the two sides of a 7″ record. Aquarium Drunkard have just released a tribute to Television’s sophomore LP, Adventure featuring eight LA artists […]

  17. […] Aquarium Drunkard pays for the limo, arranges the tux and pops the cork on Television’s second album from 1978 – Adventure. The blog turned home grown independent record label gathered the cream of LaLa lands current musical talent (plus Lykke Li) and got them to pay tribute with covers to the NYC punks. Enter Local Natives – Careful. “Jump out of bed, pull down the shade, I used to have such sweet dreams – now it’s more like an air raid” […]

  18. […] Wasif w/Lykke Li – The Fire (from L’Aventure out […]

  19. Can’t seem to get the download to work; it keeps telling me that my cart session has expired…?

  20. […] the three tracks are available for download below with the videos after the jump. Be sure to catch their contribution to L’Aventure as […]

  21. […] Download This: AD’s L’Adventure Television tribute […]

  22. hey – if i donate the $, do I still have to join e-Music?

    I joined a while back and didn’t like it. Not sure if I can even do free trial. Either way – for me, it’s never risk free. 🙂 I’ll forget to cancel before the month end and they’ll start billing me … etc.

  23. Never mind. I figured it out. Misunderstood it . But I just tried the donation/download and it just kept saying “your cart session has expired …”. so I couldn’t do it.

  24. I paid, downloaded, and finally gave it a listen. I’m sorry to say that if this is a slice of where LA music is right now, it’s in a pretty sad place. Most of these are inert and have very little energy. I didn’t expect them to improve on the original songs, which have some cracking bad lyrics, but some of these were lame pisstakes–like the version of “Ain’t that Nothing.” Even groups I like had pretty tired versions of these songs. I appreciate all you make available, but I’m throwing this one back in.

  25. I suppose I’m not crazy about Ain’t That Nothing either, I must admit, but the general assessment here is that this a great, successful project, with covers doing what covers should do, which is to give you a chance to reassess the source material’s worth that you may have listened to 1000 times already. Several of these make me love Adventure more and that new esteem is entirely due to the thoughtful playing and mild rearranging. A really welcome idea, well executed, with the $ going the right way. It led me back to Ram as well which is also very worthwhile and a great chance to remind people that early McCartney was great and maybe people shouldn’t revile him so these days.


  27. […] Natives – Careful Tekið af söfnplötu Aquarium Drunkard L’Aventure þar sem 11 hljómsveitir frá Los Angeles flytja eitt lag af plötunni Ram með Paul […]

  28. […] can be downloaded from here, with this year’s optional charitable cause being the Silverlake Conservatory of Music.  The […]

  29. […] can be downloaded from here, with this year’s optional charitable cause being the Silverlake Conservatory of Music. The […]

  30. […] the tribute treatment more than once in the past few years (WFMU’s Tom Scharpling and Aquarium Drunkard) and I play it […]

  31. […] Television’s sophomore LP, Adventure. You can read more about it and check out some of the songs here (Foreign Born’s “Days” is another […]

  32. […] fine folks over at Aquarium Drunkard have put together quite the treat for us Neil Young fans (yes, I realize it’s turning into […]

  33. Sounds really interesting. To return the gift, your post and a huge list of links to live Television recordings 1973-2007 can be found here:

    Cheers, Dave Sez.

  34. […] with them and they’ve become very supportive of the band.  The guy Justin decided to do a compilation/tribute album to the band Television.  He basically took the entire album, Adventure, and had each of the 9 or 10 tracks covered by […]

  35. I love this re-make so much, I’m Twittering links to it and giving CDs of it to my brother and friends who love Television. So sad that this band did only 2 official albums, though Tom Verlaine’s solo work is just about as good. Thanks to all the bands who did this album, and I hope to see more ReImagined projects soon. Perhaps something by The Slits, Raincoats, Au Pairs, or Tuxedo Moon?

  36. […] album, “L’Aventure”, released by Aquarium Drunkard and available here for nothing, if you’re broke or stingy, but preferably for a small donation, with all […]

  37. […] up-and-coming Los Angeles bands to cover tracks from Television’s album “Adventure” and created a tribute album. Proceeds from the album benefitted the Silver Lake Conservatory, an LA-area non-profit music […]

  38. […] Related: L’Aventure – A Los Angeles Tribute To Television’s Adventure […]

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