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. This week during the second hour: Rich Elson of the Paris/London based reissue label Africa Seven sits in . . .

SIRIUS 496: Jean Michel Bernard – Générique Stephane ++ Gal Costa – Relance ++ David Byrne & Brian Eno – Regiment ++ The Fall – Marquis Cha Cha ++ Ryo Kawasaki – Hawaiian Caravan ++ Sinkane – Yacha (Peaking Lights Dub Mix) ++ Bob Chance – Jungle Talk ++ Talking Heads – Crosseyed And Painless ++ Rosebud – Interstellar Overdrive ++ Blur – Moroccan Peoples Revolutionary Bowls Club ++ Charlotte Gainsbourg – IRM ++ Ersen – Gonese Don Cicegim (excerpt) ++ The Black Beats – The Mod Trade ++ Usha Khanna – Hotel Incidental Music ++ David Lee Jr. – Second Line March ++ Googosh / Henri Texier – Talagh/Hocoka ++ Julian Lynch – Water Wheel Two ++ Osamu Kitajima – Taiyo (The Sun) ++ Ekambi Brillant – Africa Africa ++ Myriam Makeba – Xica De Silva ++ Sekou Diabate – N’na ++ Manu Dibango – Pata Pila ++ Tala Am – Get Up Tchamass ++ Christy Essien – Take Life Easy ++ Pasteur Lappé – More Sekele Movement (Papa Ni Mama) ++ Vicky Edimo – You ++ Sory Bamba – Kanaga 78 ++ M’Bamina – Kilowi-Kilowi ++ Charly Kingson – Nimele Bolo ++ Manu Dibango – Sun Explosion

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


Sonic Youth vs. The Fall. In October of 1988 Sonic Youth paid a visit to the John Peel show on BBC Radio 1 a week before the release of Daydream Nation. Having recorded with Peel just two years prior, the group used the ’88 session to pay tribute to UK post-punk godheads The Fall.

Kicking off with a jagged “My New House” (via The Fall’s 1985 lp This Nation’s Saving Grace), Sonic Youth imprint their own brand of babel strewn across the four covers…including a take on the Fall’s own rendition of the Kinks’ “Victoria”. Meta, indeed!

Sonic Youth :: My New House (Peel Session)
Sonic Youth :: Rowche Rumble (Peel Session)
Sonic Youth :: Psycho Mafia (Peel Session)
Sonic Youth :: Victoria (Peel Session)

Related: Sonic Youth :: Brixton Academy, London 1992 / Wax Wonders :: Sonic Youth – Singles

Peaking Lights Aquarium Drunkard

Aquarium Drunkard presents Head + Soup, a 120 minute pan-global möbius strip of sound spanning genre, tone, and era. Brewed by Peaking Lights, who self-released the double lp The Fifth State of Consciousness in June, the following is something akin to aural hypnagogia. The in sound from way out.

Aquarium Drunkard Presents: Head + Soup (A Mixtape)


The stellar Chicago duo of Ryley Walker and Bill MacKay return next month with SpiderBeetleBee, a collection of fluid acoustic freedom flights, floating from Britfolk excursions to hazy rambles into unclassifiable zones. Walker and MacKay have an easy, loose-limbed rapport throughout — no one’s leading and no one’s following; it’s more like they’re discovering these songs together. Get a taste of SpiderBeetleBee via “Lonesome Traveler,” here accompanied by Kim Alpert’s found footage collage, a perfect visual complement to the song’s dusty, meditative musings.  words / t wilcox


On her fourth album under the Weather Station banner, Toronto-based songwriter and actor Tamara Lindeman steps into a new light. Though the self-titled LP is every bit as gorgeous and engrossing as previous triumphs like All Of It Was Mine and Loyalty, it’s looser, more enraged, and far more restless. “I had to get so ruthless, to cut right down to the quick,” she sings on “Impossible,” addressing the intentionality that drives the new record. Though the touchstones of her sound still linger here (the haunting lilt of Fairport Convention most especially), new reference points emerge on nervy, lyrically dense songs like “Kept It All To Myself” and the stunning “Thirty,” in which Lindeman evokes punk poets like Patti Smith and Jim Carroll, wrangling observations both personally and political into musical formation. The Weather Station‘s arrangements are less delicate and its melodies more sprawling, and it finds Lindeman tossing her voice into new context, singing over locked grooves and string arrangements she wrote for the record. At times, it’s as hushed as ever, but often the album blooms with a open-hearted swagger. It’s a set of songs about defining oneself, about recognizing the changing winds that swirl around us, and dedicated to poring over the words and ideas that bind us together. It’s Lindeman’s most accomplished and seems to reveal more brilliance with each listen.

Aquarium Drunkard reached Lindeman at her mother’s house in Aylmer, Ontario, to discuss the record’s blustery sound and the role setting plays in her songs.

 Aquarium Drunkard: I’ve been enthralled with The Weather Station. Does this record feel for you — for lack of a better term — more “punk” that your other albums?

Tamara Lindeman: Yeah, totally. [Laughs] I mean, I don’t claim to know what punk means, because people are very opinionated about that word, but totally. It was born from this very different spirit than my other records. I felt like I didn’t have the luxury of being careful like I had before. If felt necessary to just move forward and create something…you know what I mean? [Laughs]

AD: What were some of the conditions in your life that led to that different motivation?

Tamara Lindeman: I think being older. I’m in my 30s and being a musician is a strange thing to be when you’re a woman in your 30s. There are so many things. I feel like there are too many answers to that question. I just didn’t have time to be decorous. I was bored of certain ideas and sounds and also I was touring a lot. I didn’t have a lot of peaceful time. You know, touring is crazy. It’s awesome. [You are] thrown headlong into the world. That definitely brought out a different thing in me. And I think that the way…the world is right now makes me feel angry and reckless. I was like, “I don’t have time to be nice.”

AD: You wanted to make a record that reflected less niceness and more something else. Urgency, maybe?

Tamara Lindeman: Yeah, totally. For sure.

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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 495: Jean Michel Bernard – Générique Stephane ++ The Fall – The Classical ++ Omni – Equestrian ++ Thee Oh Sees – Girls Who Smile ++ Omni – Afterlife ++ Wire – Feeling Called Love ++ Pylon – Cool ++ Pavement – Jackals, False Grails: The Lonesome Era ++ Pavement – Perfume V ++ Pavement – Conduit For Sale! ++ The Art Museums – Oh Modern Girls ++ The Vaselines – Slushy ++ The Only Ones – The Whole Of The Law ++ Felt – Something Sends Me To Sleep ++ Beat Happening – Indian Summer ++ Holger Czukay – Cool In The Pool ++ Can – Babylonian Pearl ++ Can – All Gates  Open ++ Can – Sunday Jam ++ Lower Dens – I Get Nervous (Aquarium Drunkard Session) ++ Lower Dens – To Die In LA (Aquarium Drunkard Session) ++ Lower Dens – Electric Current (Aquarium Drunkard Session) ++ Lower Dens – Quo Vadis (Aquarium Drunkard Session) ++ Lower Dens – Tea Lights (Aquarium Drunkard Session) ++ Dent May – Right Down The Line (Aquarium Drunkard Session) ++ Jack Cooper – Blood Dries Darker (Aquarium Drunkard Session) ++ Jack Cooper – Big Louise (Aquarium Drunkard Session) ++ Jack Cooper – Lubbock Woman (Aquarium Drunkard Session) ++ White Fence – Allison Road (Aquarium Drunkard Session) ++ Little Wings – Eyes Without A Face (Aquarium Drunkard Session) ++ Psychic Temple – Spanish Beach ++ Psychic Temple – Isabella Ocean Blue ++ The High Llamas – The Goat (AD edit) ++ The Beach Boys – Feel Flows ++ Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – Colours Run ++ Parquet Courts – Berlin Got Blurry ++ Frankie And The Witch Fingers – 6,000 Horns

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


Histoire De Melody Vannier: Sixty slices of rare, vintage Parisian prog and pop-psych from the musical mind of Jean-Claude Vannier. A name likely familiar to the cognoscere surrounding his work with Serge Gainsbourg’s Histoire de Melody Nelson, the French composer Jean-Claude Vannier was paid a loving tribute in 2008 via Andy Votel’s kaleidoscopic medley of the composer’s varied work. Press play and prendre plaisir.

Jean-Claude Vannier: Histoire De Melody Vannier