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    Daughn Gibson

    Daughn Gibson :: All Hell

    A mysterious record by a deep-voiced, monikered singer that unfolds in an arresting whirl of loops and twang. Moody and disorienting. Disparate styles and sounds. Propulsive electronica and country & western flourishes. Musical contradiction: new/old, city/country, experimental/traditional, computer generated/acoustically plucked.

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    Sleeper And Snake

    Sleeper And Snake :: Fresco Shed

    Post-punk in approach, aesthetically moody and mid-fi, the project’s two releases seemingly exist outside of current trendscapes, instead recalling various shades of 80s UK underground.

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    Dwight Sykes

    Dwight Sykes :: Songs – Volume 1

    Songs Volume 1 — a 2013 compilation wrangling 7 tracks from the unreleased cassette archives of Detroit musician Dwight Sykes. Originally recorded in his home studio, L.U.S.T. Productions, between 1980-1990. Step into the life zone…

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    White Fence

    White Fence :: White Fence

    Now 7 albums into it, this is the 2010 s/t debut of Tim Presley’s White Fence. Its 38 minute runtime set the blueprint for the lysergic pop, folk and garage that Presley continues to mine to this day–either solo, or via myriad collaborations.

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    Art Museums

    Art Museums :: Rough Frame

    Art Museums tell ‘sordid tales of artists, lovers & poseurs with cult new wave jangle‘, says the duo’s label, Woodsist. Spot on! Lovers of ’80s Anglophile rock with a penchant for lo-fi will surely dig this. One of our favorite albums of 2010.

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    Rob Jo Star Band

    Rob Jo Star Band :: Rob Jo Star Band

    Mid-70s Parisian proto-punk, spit out in churlish English amidst acres of fuzz and indiscriminate pulsars.

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    Simply Saucer

    Simply Saucer :: Cyborgs Revisited

    1970’s proto-punk with a Velvets chug straight out of Hamilton, Ontario. Dance the mutation!

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    The Vaselines

    The Vaselines :: The Way of The Vaselines

    Still the best. Released 29 years ago, this Sub Pop compilation provides a total overview of the the Scottish duo’s output from 1986-1990.

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Videodrome :: Urgh! A Music War

Released in May 1982, Urgh! A Music War is one of the most salient artifacts from the musical movement that would later be dubbed “new wave.” Clocking in at just over two hours and featuring over thirty live performances, the anthological concert film showcases artists in their prime as well as their infancy.

Hand Habits :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview

Meg Duffy talks about their process, the liberating effect of working with an out queer artist like Perfume Genius and the way that the meanings of songs shift over time. “One of my favorite things about making records is that I learn about what the meaning is, later, after it’s out,” they confide.

Joy Guerrilla :: The Park Is Closed

In 2019 the LA based Joy Guerrilla dropped their debut full-length, Skyline, a record sonically indebted to Headhunters-era Herbie Hancock, George Duke, and esoteric European prog — all with an assist from elements of modern electronic music. Rooted by core players Magda Daniec and Adam Grab, the group returned earlier this year with the release of its sophomore LP, The Park Is Closed. If Skyline‘s intent was to capture the idyllic West Coast atmosphere through a musical lens, this new effort casts its gaze at the dark, bizarre, and pensive. Or, as evidenced by “No Late Fees”, the Steely Dan side of Los Angeles.

Sonic Youth’s Steve Shelley Selects 10 Gems From The Band’s Archive

Sonic Youth played its last shows just over a decade ago. But the band’s legacy lives on thanks to an ever-expanding archive available on Bandcamp. Curated by drummer Steve Shelley and longtime sound engineer Aaron Mullan, the archive swells with live tapes stretching back to the mid-1980s, crucial rarities collections, and stray tracks rescued from out-of-print singles, internet mixes, and random comps. Aquarium Drunkard spoke with Steve Shelley to get his thoughts on a few gems that await listeners.

Eola :: B And O Blues

We mentioned Eola’s Dang upon its initial release, and the new Tonstartssbandht record has us revisiting the 2016 album with fervor. Self-described ‘a capella DIY gospel’, Eola is the solo vehicle of Tonstartssbandht’s Edwin White. Laced in woozy reverb, vocoder and f/x, Dang’s nine tracks play out like a sub rosa summoning stick. Alternately leaning into spiritual drones, warbling pop, and cosmic chamber gospel, its a gorgeous record of singular vision.

Concrete Music: On Chris Mosdell’s Equasian

Despite his success working with other musicians, Mosdell’s experimental solo album, Equasian (1982, Alfa Records), remains a relative obscurity outside the borders of Japan. In this conversation, we spoke with the lyricist about his early career with Yellow Magic Orchestra and how his eclectic album of musical concrete poems came to be.

Marthe Zambo :: Ebele Minga / Bidan

A highlife and proto-disco delight from Cameroonian singer Marthe Zambo, “Ebele Minga” radiates in marrying more traditional West African roots music with early leanings into electronic and synth-based rhythms. It’s difficult to put a particular date on this 7”, but it seems to perhaps just precede Zambo’s 1980 debut lp, Bikola, a record which also finds her just dipping her sonic toes into a more modern style of dance music …

The Cure :: Carnage Visors (Film, 1981)

Released in 1981, the 28 minute instrumental piece “Carnage Visors” was originally conceived as the score to filmmaker Ric Gallup’s (brother of the Cure’s Simon Gallup) animated short of the same name. The piece was used in lieu of an opening band during the Cure’s 1981 tour in support of the group’s Faith lp. The film has since disappeared, the only known copies belonging to Robert Smith, Gallup, and the Cure’s Lol Tolhurst.

Okay Temiz :: East Breeze

Fusing its eastern base with latin rhythms, de rigueur flourishes of psych and a second helping of sinuous funk, Temiz’s polyrhythmic stew effortlessly bends/blends myriad modalities. For a taste, tuck into “East Breeze”, a tune that immediately sets the table with a sinister bağlama riff (courtesy of Arif Sag) that floats above all manner of percussion… in addition to berimbaus, talking drums, zithers, finger bells, woodwinds, and a rather nasty synth line. Bon appétit.

Phil Cook :: Finding The Purity In Music

We catch up with Phil Cook on the eve of the release of his beautiful new instrumental record, All These Years. Through an unwavering smile, he talked about the importance of a fertile cultural landscape, how the label he just started is anything but, and why he decided to release a solo piano album now.

Happy Thanksgiving :: Doug Sahm And Friends – Austin, TX 1972

Tradition runs rampant around Thanksgiving: generations of old recipes, football, Alice’s Restaurant, The Last Waltz, and, of course, a parade of balloons shutting down NYC. What else do you need? If you thought you were covered in the Thanksgiving tradition department, we did too…until a few years ago, when someone blew the dust off a long lost tape — Doug Sahm’s Thanksgiving Jam.