Transmissions Podcast :: Yosuke Kitazawa/Remembering Richard Swift/Strange Stars

Humid funk out there, but we're keeping cool. You are tuned into the July edition of the Aquarium Drunkard Transmissions podcast, our monthly series of interviews,  features, and audio esoterica. On this episode, Justin Gage sits down with crate digger and producer Yosuke Kitazawa, to discuss Light in the Attic Records' Japan Archival reissue series, which kicked off last year with the essential rock/folk/and pop compilation Even a Tree Can Shed Tears, picks up next month with a grip of Haruomi Honsono reissues, and will eventually feature Japanese new age, AOR, ambient, and electronic music.

Then, we crack the spine on author Jason Heller's new book, Strange Stars: David Bowie, Pop Music, and the Decade Sci-Fi Exploded. Focusing on the 1970s, Heller explores the myriad ways science fiction influenced music across genre lines, from the rock of David Bowie to the cosmic jazz of Sun Ra, and examines the changing ways we continue to conceive our ideas about "the future." But first, Gage and co-host Jason P. Woodbury sit down to reflect on the passing of Richard Swift. A prolific producer and sideman–known for his work with Damien Jurado, the Shins, the Black Keys/Dan Auerbach, Laetitia Sadier, Foxygen, David Bazan, the Pretenders, Starflyer 59, Kevin Morby, and countless more–Swift also proved himself one of the most idiosyncratic voices in indie rock on his own solo LPs for Secretly Canadian. Recorded at the beginning of the month, just after the news of his passing had broken, the talk focuses on his legacy, history, of course, his songs.

Transmissions Podcast :: Remembering Richard Swift/Yosuke Kitazawa/Strange Stars

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