Kiwi Jr’s Football Money is a debut that feels like a finale—like the type of record you might expect to hear from a seasoned band just before they call it quits on the patently impossible indie-rock lifestyle while trying to find a foothold in the real world […]
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.
David Berman is now recording under the moniker of Purple Mountains, and with the help of Jeremy Earl and Jarvis Taveniere of Woods, has created an album that encapsulates an entire missing chapter of his life—and, in typical fashion, has revealed quite a lot about that chapter in the process.
Chicago’s venerable Drag City turns 30 years young in 2019. In perhaps typical fashion, the label doesn’t seem to be doing much in the way of commemoration — no star-studded festival, no limited edition boxed set, no self-congratulatory excess. Instead, Drag City is doing what it’s always done: releasing great records.
But those past glories deserve a little celebration, don’t they? That’s why the Aquarium Drunkard team has put together this eclectic guide to Drag City’s immense catalog: 30 masterpieces for 30 years.
Intentional or not, Neil Young picked a rather poignant time to release a live album recorded in Alabama—and given his prickly history with the state (and with the South at large), Tuscaloosa feels like it’s arriving in the same way that so much of Shakey’s career has: just when we need it.
Seeing Stars, the second salvaged Please album, is the real gem of the two—a surprise stunner of organ-driven, hyper-melodic psych-pop that would feel right at home on Jagjaguwar or Sacred Bones today.
Jessica Pratt doesn’t have many contemporaries. Her nylon-string reveries exist in a precarious space between the then and now, and she seems destined to float as a cult figure for generations—but just the same, she’s […]
Fred and Toody Cole are predominantly cited for their contributions to the DIY aesthetic—and for good reason, considering how they were basically pressing records themselves in the woods outside Portland for many years—but there’s another […]
Here it is. Our obligatory year-end review. The following is an unranked list of albums that caught, and kept, our attention in 2014.
Range and Basin: another set of songs from the Grand Canyon State, or spiritually rooted there, a follow up to our Old Gold: Sonoran Country, Garage Blues, Pop, Soul and Avant-Garde from Arizona 1951-1971 mix from last year. Sunbaked soul, psych, country, garage, and folk, some culled from […]
Music historian John “Johnny D” Dixon must not sleep. In between hosting the freeform “Mostly Vinyl” and “Totally Jazzed” programs on Phoenix’s KWSS FM and creating a special Record Store Day single featuring Waylon Jennings and Sanford Clark — which […]
Though Arizona’s most popular soul export is Dyke and the Blazers’ “Funky Broadway” — not written about NYC, but rather Arlester “Dyke” Christian’s memories of Broadway in Buffalo, New York, and the Broadway Road’s role […]
Provenance: Long Beach, CA. 1965. Produced by Texan garage warlock Lelan Rogers. Primitive. MP3: The Emperors :: I Want My Woman