Archive for the 'Sevens' Category

Monday, February 18th, 2013

On February 18th, 1995, Bob Stinson, founding member and former lead guitarist of the Replacements, was found dead in his Minneapolis apartment. While at the time it was suspected to be an overdose, it was later determined that the years of substance abuse had simply worn his body out. He was 35. Bob Stinson’s life […]

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

(Sevens, a recurring feature on Aquarium Drunkard, pays tribute to the art of the individual song.) There is no taxiing towards the sky here. It begins with the click of landing gear retracting, then accelerates immediately into a litany of wildflowers and trees: “The wintergreen, the juniper/The cornflower and the chicory.” They teach you in […]

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

(Sevens, a recurring feature on Aquarium Drunkard, pays tribute to the art of the individual song.) It’s science: We live in the Age of the Sad Song. Bright melodies, major chords, and “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah-isms” are greeted with suspicion by our tired and cynical ears. We can’t help it – who’s wearing optimism well these days? That’s […]

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

Swathed in an impenetrable fog of mystery and extremism, the Japanese group Les Rallizes Dénudés exist more as a myth than as a real band. But what is a real band anyways? Accounts of Rallizes live shows tell of overwhelming sensory experiences fueled by excesses of volume and light – musical performance so intense that […]

Monday, June 4th, 2012

(Sevens, a recurring feature on Aquarium Drunkard, pays tribute to the art of the individual song.) When recommending an album, or even just trying to describe one, people often tend to offer up a single, maybe direct others to a title track if there is one – whatever seems to best represent the record, where […]

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

(Sevens, a recurring feature on Aquarium Drunkard, pays tribute to the art of the individual song.) I’ve become obsessed with segues and album structure over the years. I appreciate, probably to excessive levels, a record that puts all of its parts together in a way that shows the strength of even the album’s weakest moments. […]

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

(Sevens, a recurring feature on Aquarium Drunkard, pays tribute to the art of the individual song.) The Roots’ Undun is a concept record – a man’s life told in reverse, starting with the flatlining of his heartbeat and working backward through his life. But it’s interesting that within that concept, the last song with lyrics, […]