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Prophesies of a World to Come :: On Lost Angel: The Genius of Judee Sill

The singular and enigmatic singer-songwriter Judee Sill has been gone nearly 45 years, yet her work is in a renaissance. Over the past twenty years, there has been a growing fascination in both Sill’s music and story, with a series of reissues, posthumous releases, and retrospectives opening her work to a contemporary audience. Now a new documentary on her life and career, Lost Angel: The Genius of Judee Sill . . .

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Transmissions :: Moor Mother

On The Great Bailout, Moor Mother transmuting jazz, noise, rock, folk, gospel, classical music—melting down genres in a poetic churn. Moor Mother plays history and time like a science fiction story, bending temporal moments in a psychedelic flurry. This conversation flows in similar way. Join us to jump through timelines, ponder the Mandela Effect, and untangle histories with Moor Mother on Transmissions . . .

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Stereolab :: Black Session (La Maison de la Radio: Paris, France)

March 30, 1993. Paris, France. Following the release of their studio debut, Peng, and eight months before the release of the, now classic, Transient Random-Noise Bursts With Announcements, Stereolab touched down in the 16th arrondissement to record a Black Session at La Maison de la Radio. Sublime Silver Apples cover, naturally . . .

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Agitation Free :: At the Cliffs of River Rhine

Agitation Free emerged in the early 1970s in the same Berlin circles as electronic experimentalists like Tangerine Dream and Ash Ra Tempel. But this killer 1974 concert from Cologne reveals them in their true form, a first-rate psychedelic jam band influenced by open-ended American boogie outfits like the Allmans and the Grateful Dead . . .

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Broken Arrow Devotion :: Neil Young Obsessives In Conversation

On July 2, 1996, Neil Young released his 22nd album, Broken Arrow. Recorded with his long-time running mates Crazy Horse, it was also the first record that Young had released since the death of David Briggs the previous fall. To break down all things Broken Arrow, two Neil Young devotees—Joel Berk and Scott Bunn—are here to answer the question: what is the purpose of Broken Arrow . . .

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Television :: Live at the Academy, NYC 12.4.92

Television have two well-known live albums to their name, both taped in 1978 — the classic ROIR release The Blow-Up, which came out in the early 1980s, and the incendiary Live at the Old Waldorf, emerging about 20 years later. Live at the Academy is much more under the radar; originally sold in unassuming CDR format at merch tables in the 2000s, it’s been available only fleetingly since on various streaming services. This year’s Record Store Day, however, sees the performance getting a well-deserved double LP reissue. It’s a necessary addition to Television’s relatively . . .

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Rosali :: Bite Down

It is still only April, but Rosali's Merge debut Bite Down already has the makings of classic summer album. Bursting with singalong choruses, big barroom rave-ups and bleary confessions of both love and doubt, this is one that everyone can find a way into . . .

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High Llamas & Healing Potpourri :: In Conversation

Sean O'Hagan's High Llamas project has always followed its creator's whims. But with Hey Panda, the Llamas embark on their most unexpected journey yet, straight into the heart of the auto-tuned, hyper pop fixated social media feed. Simi Sohota of Healing Potpourri joins O'Hagan to unpack the new album, consider the spiritual life of pianos, and reflect on the way the '90s changed how musicians approach—and shatter—the concept of genre . . .

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Cindy Lee :: Diamond Jubilee

Diamond Jubilee feels like a throwback to a different, weirder, cooler, better era in independent music. An era where a record such as this one — a record not available on streaming services, that can only be listened to on YouTube and via WAV files available for purchase on the artist’s website, and which was birthed into the world with no advanced single or press, that eschewed the long and laborious album rollout, and so felt like an artifact from space crash landed onto Earth — wasn’t so tragically uncommon . . .

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The Lagniappe Sessions :: The Reds, Pinks and Purples

Through some sort of infernal jangle-pop sorcery, the ever-prolific RPP mainman Glenn Donaldson continues to come up with the goods; in fact, the latest LP, Unwishing Well, may well be his best effort yet. It's a record that blends 16 Lovers Lane shimmer with Felt-like melancholy, heartfelt sentiments with occasionally hilarious barbs. Lovingly crafted, world weary, expertly bittersweet — just like heaven. For this excellent Lagniappe Session, Donaldson takes us on a tour of a few favorites old and new-ish . . .

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Floreana :: Floreana One

Similar to the formative ethos of Les Baxter or Haruomi Hosono's instrumental take on the Pacific on "The Last Paradise", Floreana's grooves are soaked in saltwater like the crashing waves in the outro of "Asilo de la Paz . . .

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Shabaka Hutchings :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview

"What does it mean to have music of spiritual substance?" Shabaka Hutchings of Sons of Kemet joins us to discuss his solo debut, Perceive Its Beauty, Acknowledge Its Grace, which finds him shifting from sax to flute, creating a spiritual, familial, and open zone that invites the listener in. He joins AD to discuss collaborating with André 3000, the flute, and trusting intuition . . .

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Dana Gavanski :: LATE SLAP

On her third album, LATE SLAP, the Serbian-Canadian musician warbles, coos, and ululates like an art deco songbird. Gliding across meticulously constructed orchestral synth-pop with emotional intensity regulated at a slow simmer, Gavanski combines classic songcraft with a mishmash of hyper-modern motifs, tempering the tragic clown with a sense of stillness. Fans of Cate Le Bon’s manicured post-punk or last year’s excellent album from En Attendant Ana might find another new favorite here . . .

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The Aquarium Drunkard Show: SIRIUS/XMU (7pm PDT, Channel 35)

Via satellite, transmitting from northeast Los Angeles — the Aquarium Drunkard Show on SIRIUS/XMU, channel 35. 7pm California time, Wednesdays.

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Bruno Berle :: No Reino Dos Afetos 2

Born in Maceió, in the Brazilian Northeast, Bruno Berle gives bossa nova the hyperpop treatment it deserves (should we call it hyperbossa?). No Reino dos Afetos 2 filters Arthur Russell-like melodies through inventive uses of autotune and DAW presets . . .

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