Ahead of the release of The Dharma Wheel, Ethan Miller of Howlin Rain discusses the dark comedy of Ottessa Moshfegh, adventurous music by King Crimson and Stevie Wonder, Thomas Pynchon’s V, Capote, and the genre unto itself filmography of Almodovar.
Few father/son combos could create an album as gloriously warped as It’s Just Wind. During his yearly residency at the Marfa Myths festival, New Zealand psych-pop surrealist Connan Mockasin welcomed his 72-year-old dad Ade Hosford to join a series of jam sessions.
Via satellite, transmitting from northeast Los Angeles — the Aquarium Drunkard Show on SIRIUS/XMU, channel 35. 7pm California time, Wednesdays.
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A sit down with bassist and composer Melvin Gibbs. Emerging from the fertile New York scene of the early ’80s, he’s worked with a wide ranging roster of artists. He joins us for a talk about rock music, jazz, the George Floyd protests, playing with Sonny Sharrock, and more.
Weird times, strange signals. Reverberating from the hills of Glassell Park, CA, another half-hour canyon of sight and sound featuring the sonic vibrations of Jack Name, Orions Belte, Stereolab, L’Eclair, Galaxie 500, Babe Rainbow, Spencer Cullum and beyond.
You’ve heard Karen Black sing in Five Easy Pieces and Nashville. Now, her real life songs are revealed via the Cass McCombs-assisted Dreaming of You (1971-1976), featuring select studio and demo recording from the late actor, restored from their original tapes.
1975’s Hells Angels was the terminal statement. Where the earlier records show ample consideration to the UK’s underground rock scene – Deep Down Heavy and Electric City play like adventurous jazz prog, thrown out of Canterbury for refusing to partake in wry English-isms – Hells Angels trades familiarity for unabashed cosmic impulse.
Videodrome. A recurring column plumbing the depths of vintage and contemporary cinema – from cult, exploitation, trash and grindhouse to sci-fi, horror, noir, documentary and beyond.
Now showing: Terry Gilliam’s 1981 fantasy-adventure Time Bandits — the first installment in his “Trilogy Of Imagination” series…
Welcome back to the stacks. It’s Aquarium Drunkard’s Book Club, our recurring column of recent (or not so recent) recommended reading, featuring Matthew Specktor on Los Angeles, Alan Licht’s sprawling interviews, Rosemary Leary, Jeanne Thornton, and more.
Taking both inspiration and their name from a tune culled from Ian Matthews 1970 lp, Later That Same Year, Sylvie is comprised of Los Angeles friends and musicians Ben Schwab, Sam Burton, and Marina Allen.
Sketch for summer.. Via satellite, transmitting from northeast Los Angeles — the Aquarium Drunkard Show on SIRIUS/XMU, channel 35. 7pm California time, Wednesdays.
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Few albums have captured the bleak, messy boredom of the pandemic better than the Sleaford Mods’ ‘Spare Ribs’, a collection of jaundiced rants about days at home, politically-motivated ignorance and, as usual, the posing incompetence of Jason Williamson’s musical peers.
We caught up with Willimanson at home to discuss the new record and more.
This week on Transmissions: Anika. Best known for her work with Geoff Barrow and Mexico City’s Exploded View, she returns with Change, an album of subtle electronic pop, driving bass lines, and lyrics that veer from quixotic to inspiring. Anika joined us for a discussion about her time as a journalist, the shifting state of reality, and crafting an album amidst a global pandemic.