Our weekly two hour show on SIRIUS/XMU, channel 35, can be heard twice every Friday – Noon EST with an encore broadcast at Midnight EST.

SIRIUS 497: Jean Michel Bernard – Générique Stephane ++ Wilco – Handshake Drugs (First Demo Version) ++ Kevin Morby – 1234 ++ Jonathan Rado – All The Jung Girls (Diane Coffee cover) ++ John Cale – The Man Who Couldn’t Afford To Orgy ++ David Vandervelde – Corduroy Blues ++ Girls – Headache ++ Amen Dunes – Green Eyes ++ Nap Eyes – Stargazer ++ John Andrews & The Yawns – Relax ++ Silver Jews – Federal Dust ++ Richard Swift – Most of What I Know ++ Cotton Jones – Silver Piano Man ++ Vandaveer – All I Have To Do Is Dream ++ Allah-Las – Strange Heat ++ Jacco Gardner – Clear The Air ++ The Olivia Tremor Control – Hideaway ++ Conspiracy of Owls – Ancient Robots ++ Girls Names – I Lose ++ Deerhunter – Walk A Thin Line (Fleetwood Mac) ++ The Microphones – I Want The Wind To Blow ++ Sic Alps – L Mansion ++ Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – Keep Eye On Other’s Gain ++ Julian Lynch – Mare ++ Destroyer – Leave Me Alone (New Order) ++ Ought – New Calm Pt. 2 ++ No Age – Eraser ++ Galaxie 500 – Ceremony ++ The Dutchess & The Duke – Living This Life ++ Wolf People – Village Strollin’ ++ Tunde Adebimpe – Unknown Legend ++ Thurston Moore – Frozen Gtr ++ Lower Dens – Tea Lights

*You can listen, for free, online with the SIRIUS three day trial — just submit an email address and they will send you a password.


The desert blues from Timbuktu. Thursday night, October 19th, Aquarium Drunkard Presents Songhoy Blues at the Teragram Ballroom in Los Angeles. You want to see this. We’ve saved a stack of tickets we’re giving away to AD readers. Hit up the comments with your name to enter, along with your favorite LP of 2017…so far.


In Jim Jarmusch’s beatific Paterson, Adam Driver plays a bus driving poet named Paterson, living in Paterson, New Jersey. It’s a film guided by patterns: the patterns Laura, Paterson’s wife wears, the pattern of his day to day routine, the repeating patters of twins throughout the film. It’s a film about the poetry of “normal life,” and it features words by Ron Padgett, writing for Driver’s character, calling back to William Carlos Williams’ epic poem, called Paterson, of course, and a quick but pivotal verse by Method Man. Jarmusch films have always unfolded slowly –think Stranger Than Paradise, Down By Law, and Mystery Train — but Paterson feels warmer than those films. It seems to luxuriate in its pace, offering a balmy sweetness to the patient viewer.

Throughout the film, Jarmusch and collaborator Carter Logan’s SQÜRL provide ambient textures behind Driver’s slow motion. The band’s body of work, including pieces for Jarmusch films The Limits of Control, Only Lovers Left Alive, and the recently-released EP #260, features sprawling feedback and distorted drones. But the duo approached Paterson differently, mostly forgoing guitars in favor of analog synthesizers, creating a contemplative sound that feels like an electronic counterpoint to Jarmusch’s recordings with lutist Jozef van Wissem, Concerning The Entrance Into Eternity and Mystery of Heaven.

The Paterson soundtrack was recently released by Third Man Records, and AD rang up Jarmusch and Logan to discuss expanding the music to album-length, the band’s experience providing live scores to silent film director Man Ray’s Retour a la Raison, Emak Bakia, Les Mysteres Du Chateau Du De, and L’Etoile De Mer, and most excitingly, to debate and define, Coffee and Cigarettes-style, the term “ecstatic music.”

Aquarium Drunkard: Paterson feels very different from what I hear on SQÜRL’s records and your other scores. Did the themes of the film itself dictate a shift away from that more heavily distorted format?

Jim Jarmusch: It started because I love many forms of music. I’ve always loved electronic music. Carter, too. We’ve been into the whole history of electronic music, from Otto Luening to Stockhausen to Berio, lots of different things. This kind of happened when we made our first score contributions to a film, The Limits of Control. I was trying to score that film with existing music. In [a] certain sequence, [the characters] are in an art museum and I could not find stuff that seemed to work. So the editor at the time, Jay Rabinowitz, said, “Why don’t you guys just try to make some music for it?” Which we did — we worked with Shane Stoneback, Carter and I, and it was good.

In this case, with Paterson, I wanted an electric score from the very beginning. I was trying all kinds of things. I love Boards of Canada, Tangerine Dream, and of course Eno, and Aphex Twin and Biosphere. We love Blanck Mass, he’s a friend of ours, and Jónsi and Alex from Iceland, and all kinds of stuff, Cluster, Global Communication. I was trying a lot of stuff, and some of it would be too sweet, some of it would be too dark. I don’t know what words to use, but it wasn’t quite weaving together right. But then our editor on this film, Affonso Gonçalves — “Fonzie” — [said] “Well man, I know you and Carter just got some analog synths and you’ve been into that and doing the live Man Ray scores, why don’t you guys try to make the score?” So we didn’t have much free time to do it, but over a series of weekends we started creating some stuff and when it got laid in, it was working really well. So we just followed that.


Putting on a Tom Petty record at wall shaking volume is one of life’s finest, simple pleasures. Tom Petty’s entire career is a wax wonder, and one thing that has been evident since his incredibly sad passing is that he was also a great uniter — seemingly, everybody was moved by his music.

The man was the embodiment of rock ’n’ roll; he was a second generation fan who soaked up Elvis but then pledged his allegiance to the British invasion. No mere copycat, when he stepped up to cover a song from one of his heroes, the love and passion for the music deep within him was 100% palpable.

Fortunately, a mobile truck had the tapes running in Boston, July 1978, and caught this performance of the Animals classic “Don’t Bring Me Down“. Written by the American team Gerry Goffin/Carole King, this performance takes the British interpretation and and brings it back to the USA as Tom and his untouchably tight Heartbreakers claim it as their own. However, this was initially only released in the UK as the flip side of “Here Comes My Girl”, in both 7” and 12” format. The wide groove, 45 RPM 12” single is a devastating piece of vinyl. Stan Lynch’s bass drum sounds as though it’s gonna break a window, Mike Campbell’s fuzz and tremolo guitar is in your face, Ron Blair’s bass thunders away, Belmont Tench’s organ channels the 60’, and Tom’s vocal is felt with pure velocity. words / d see

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers :: Don’t Bring Me Down (live ’78)

Related: Aquarium Drunkard / Wax Wonders Archives

Until my machine is up-and-running, and I wake up with those stunning views of Lake Geneva, just plant me in front of youtube and start typing “Montreux Jazz Festival 197-“.

Today, we highlight the 1975 set from Rahsaan Roland Kirk. “Mar-cee, mar-cee to you, thank you very much. Bright moments. Peace… and all that kind of stuff.” Draped in his customary accouterments of instruments, Kirk leads his band through jazz in all its iterations, blurs the line between banter and spoken word, and educates the non-English speaking crowd on Fats Waller.

It was Kirk’s return to the festival sur le lac, having cut the seminal I, Eye, Aye there in 1972. This performance would be part of the equally important and sanguine Kirkatron.

A mere four months after this taping, Kirk would suffer a devastating stroke – but he would soldier on for another two years before his untimely and all-too-soon passing at age 41. We’re blessed with so much of his time in Montreux being accessible. Make the most of it…until your time machine is working again. words / b kramer


Diversions, a recurring feature on Aquarium Drunkard, catches up with our favorite artists as they wax on subjects other than recording and performing.

Following the quick succession of a trio of albums beginning in 2014 (along with the 2016 release of Cory Hanson’s solo endeavor, The Unborn Capitalist From Limbo) the LA based Wand return with album four — Plum. At 10 tracks it’s the groups most nuanced work to to date, both aesthetically and atmospherically. As such, we were curious as to what was brewing behind the scenes while cutting the album in the Sierra Nevada foothills of Grass Valley, CA. As it turns out, a lot. Below, members Evan Burrows, Cory Hanson, Robert Cody, Sofia Arreguin and Lee Landey take us on a tour; one involving Sonic Youth and Joan Didion to Yerba Mate, tuna fish sandwiches and beyond.


Sonic Youth / Sister: This record was indispensable for me during the time we were working on Plum– as an accomplice, a refuge in my grief and confusion, a sterling object lesson in musical space and surfacePlenty’s been said about it, so why not say more? It’s like a pulsing heart, shimmed at every junction with slides of freezing glass, liters of blue blood leaking everywhere. Or it’s like a waning half moon, tilted just so, spilling silver all over all the many-colored things. Somehow, this record seems to seek in sympathy with the struggle of youth for reality. I think we have always wanted our own records to feel like a sympathetic seeking along these lines. Sister howls in celebration at how splendid, mad circuitries of dystopian fantasy sprawl out from pre-verbal grief. It allows asymmetry, and wonders at how feedback sings and swells like a brain in an otherwise empty skull. “Angels are dreaming of you.” – EB


“It’s a strange, sweet kind of light/To be lost out in the darkness of the border.”

On Hiss Golden Messenger’s new album, Hallelujah Anyhow, songwriter M.C. Taylor stares down darkness, only to find it’s simply “a different kind of light.” It’s a record about chasing freedom and finding hope in unexpected places: among worn guitars, in clouds of smoke, and in the sound of wafting Caledonia soul music. The record continues Hiss’s evolution from solitary, lonesome folk to celebratory and loose country rock and soul. It’s “music for hope,” Taylor says, and though it doesn’t hide its concerns, stressed, or worries, it’s nonetheless a welcome moment of lightness in these heavy times.

For this episode of the Aquarium Drunkard Transmissions podcast, AD’s Jason P. Woodbury spoke with Taylor in Oregon at the Pickathon music festival. The conversation — like Hiss’s songs — is frank, earnest, and genuinely warm. It pairs well with Hiss Golden Messenger’s Lagniappe Session, which found the group covering the Faces and Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys. Hiss Golden Messenger’s Hallelujah Anyhow is available now via Merge Records.

Transmissions Podcast :: Hiss Golden Messenger