Transmissions :: Laetitia Sadier
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by Justin Gage
4h ago
This week on the show: a conversation with Laetitia Sadier. As the main vocalist of Stereolab, her spacey voice shines as the human core in that project’s motorik and dense avant-pop, a blend of electronic music, krautrock, space age lounge sounds, and much more. Her latest is called Rooting for Love, and she joins us to discuss the collective and the individual, and the radical potentiality of love. The post Transmissions :: Laetitia Sadier appeared first on Aquarium Drunkard ..read more
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Jazz Ragas For Restless Times
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by Justin Gage
4h ago
At this year's NYC Winter Jazzfest, the dominant forms veered into New Age and ambient territory: abstract, pretty, burbling along in loose conglomerations of synths and “organic” instrumentation. And maybe jazz comingling with New Age sensibilities is exactly the antidote we need for today's troubling times. The post Jazz Ragas For Restless Times appeared first on Aquarium Drunkard ..read more
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Dean McPhee :: Astral Gold
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by Justin Gage
1d ago
English guitarist Dean McPhee has spent more than a decade now patiently carving out a singular niche for himself. That patience has paid off — there’s really no one else who can create (and sustain) the darkly seductive mood that’s embedded within his work. Astral Gold, McPhee’s first album since 2021, continues to mine that same rich vein, with his luminous, electrified tones spiraling out over steadily looping undercurrents and uncanny percussive accents. The post Dean McPhee :: Astral Gold appeared first on Aquarium Drunkard ..read more
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Aquarium Drunkard Book Club :: Chapter 28
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by Justin Gage
2d ago
Welcome back to the stacks. It’s Aquarium Drunkard’s Book Club, our monthly gathering of recent (or not so recent) recommended reading. In this month’s stack: the communal effort that has made up NYC’s varied music scenes over the decades, Thurston Moore’s epic memoir, Haruki Murakami, the poetry of Oswell Blakeston and the hallucinatory, existential odyssey that is The Apple in the Dark. The post Aquarium Drunkard Book Club :: Chapter 28 appeared first on Aquarium Drunkard ..read more
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Organic Pulse Ensemble :: Zither Suite
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by Justin Gage
2d ago
Those recurring zither glissandi sound like toybox miniatures of Alice Coltrane’s celestial harp. But interestingly, while the opening “Zither Suite” commences with a clutch of spiritual jazz signifiers—a lovely, tentative bass melody, warm piano chords, rain stick clatter, some hand drums, and a searching flute solo—the track takes a sharp turn around the three-minute mark. The post Organic Pulse Ensemble :: Zither Suite appeared first on Aquarium Drunkard ..read more
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Nora Brown :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview
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by Justin Gage
3d ago
Nora Brown has been playing old time music since she was six years old. She came up in the folk scene surrounding the Jalopy Theatre, the headquarters of traditional music in New York City. Gearing up for a European tour this spring, she spoke with AD about the banjo, the vibes of old time music, listening to your elders. The post Nora Brown :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview appeared first on Aquarium Drunkard ..read more
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Weather Report :: Internationales Musikforum, Ossiach, Austria (July 1971)
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by Justin Gage
5d ago
Grateful Dead archivist Dick Latvala referred to tapes from 1968-70 as “primal Dead.” And while I know Jerry was never a fan of this sort of music (he dismissed the first wave of fusion as “state-of-the-art music-school music,”) I’m going to go ahead and call this show a slab of “primal Weather Report.” In fact, this is as a primal as it gets, being, by all accounts, the band’s earliest recorded performance. The post Weather Report :: Internationales Musikforum, Ossiach, Austria (July 1971) appeared first on Aquarium Drunkard ..read more
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Real Estate :: Daniel
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by Justin Gage
5d ago
It’s an ironclad law at this point, a logical theorem: every Real Estate record is good, and every Real Estate sounds like Real Estate, because Real Estate is good. But Daniel, their latest, is a wonder in more ways than one. The post Real Estate :: Daniel appeared first on Aquarium Drunkard ..read more
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Ruth Goller :: SKYLLUMINA
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by Justin Gage
6d ago
Ruth Goller first toyed with detuned bass lines, chiming harmonics, and swells of choral vocals on her 2021 debut, Skylla. For its sequel, SKYLLUMINA she’s joined by a squadron of drummers. On opener “Below my skin,” Sons of Kemet/The Smile’s Tom Skinner somersaults around the tubs, echo effects trailing his tumbling brushed fills. Much of the album remains in this mystical, nearly ambient space, such as “She was my own she was myself” featuring Goller’s International Anthem labelmate Bex Burch. The post Ruth Goller :: SKYLLUMINA appeared first on Aquarium Drunkard ..read more
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Chief Xian aTunde Adjuah :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview
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by Justin Gage
6d ago
During his 2020 live album Axiom, Chief Xian aTunde Adjuah (formerly known as Christian Scott aTunde) states that he and his band are “reevaluating what we're playing and why." The result of that process can be heard on 2023’s Bark Out Thunder Roar Out Lightning. Dedicated to his grandfather Big Chief Donald Harrison Sr. of the Guardians of the Flame and his uncle, renowned saxophonist Big Chief Donald Harrison Jr. of the Congo Square Nation, the songs on are a change of direction for Chief Adjuah in terms of both sound and subject matter. The post Chief Xian aTunde Adjuah :: The Aquarium Drun ..read more
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