Musician-folklorist-documentarian-artist John Cohen died September 16 at the age of 87. Here, archivist and guitarist Nathan Salsburg offers a remembrance of his life and work.
Diversions, a recurring feature on Aquarium Drunkard, catches up with our favorite artists as they wax on subjects other than recording and performing. The first time I heard “Impossible Air,” […]
With John Renbourn passing into the great unknown this year to join his six-string brother in arms Bert Jansch, it’s a good time to be reminded of the wonderful sounds two acoustic guitarists in joyous communion can make. These […]
On September 13th, Alasdair Roberts releases his new album, The Fiery Margin, via the venerable Drag City label. To mark to the occasion, guitarist and archivist Nathan Salsburg reflects here on “The Evernew Tongue,” the first selection shared from the forthcoming lp: “…a jeremiad against the all-too-familiar ‘mocking whine of demagogues…. quick to mock and slow to bless,’ hollered from amid the revelry of the changing year and among the small comforts of home.”
“Doesn’t belong to me like it used to,” proclaims Rosali Middleman on “Mouth,” the opening track to her new album, No Medium. With members of the David Nance Group soaring behind her, Rosali sheds many a demon on this new work. Her arc on the record is a steep one, confronting addiction, heartbreak, and loss with raw intensity.
We caught up with Rosali at her sister’s place in Michigan to talk about the new record and more.
Will Oldham and Matt Sweeney join us for an exploration into Superwolves, their long-awaited follow up the 2005 classic lp Superwolf.
Freeform transmissions from Radio Free Aquarium Drunkard on dublab. Airing as a four-hour block every third Sunday of the month, RFAD features regular shows, friends, and collaborators. The March broadcast features new episodes of your regular programming Range and Basin and Doom and Gloom from the Tomb, and special guests Ana Gavrilovska of Maggot Brain from Third Man Records and Kaley Evans. Airing March 21st on Dublab from 4—8 PM Pacific.
A survey of genre-expanding guitar soli from Yasmin Williams, Rob Noyes, Mason Lindahl, Adeline Hotel, Steffen Basho-Junghans, and more, each expanding what you can do with six (or 12) strings.
Here it is, our Year in Review. As always, unranked and sprawling.
Founded 20 years ago, North Carolina’s Three Lobed Records documents the psych-rock underground. There’s no signature Three Lobed sound or vibe — and that’s a very good thing. To celebrate 20 years of Three Lobed Recordings, we’ve pulled together a selection of noteworthy LPs from the label’s ever-expanding galaxy, with recommendations both from the Aquarium Drunkard crew and Three Lobed-related artists.
Bandcamp is stepping up once again on June 19 in honor of Juneteenth, a celebration of the end of slavery in the United States. For 24 hours, the platform will donate all of its our share of sales to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, a national organization dedicated to effectively enacting racial justice and change through litigation, advocacy, and public education. In other words, it’s another good day to spend some money on Bandcamp. Here are a few suggestions to get you started.
Bandcamp threw thousands of musicians a lifeline in March by waiving its fees for 24 hours, ensuring that all cash spent went directly to artists and labels. The music community showed up in a big way, spending $4.3 million. Every good deed deserves an encore, so Bandcamp is waiving fees again on Friday, May 1. Just like last time, we’ve got some recent/random recommendations for you … and there’s a whole lot more in the Bandcamping archives.
Part family memoir, part investigative fiction, part historical exploration, Rachel Grimes’ The Way Forth is a multi-layered Southern epic that digs below the foundational myths of the country to uncover the true experiences of people often left out of the historical narrative.
Once again, our obligatory year-end review. The following is an unranked list of albums that caught, and kept, our attention in 2019.
Well, that was fast. Decade is just about over, and as it draws to a close, its highs look awfully high in the rearview. Presented here, an unranked sprawl of 100 records that stuck with us, managing to break through the noise of an increasingly distracting age, and stick around in our heads.