Bob Dylan :: Pretty Good Stuff | Ep. 12

Welcome back to Pretty Good Stuff: Dylan historian James Adams’ semi-regular hour-long program diving deep into the depths of all things Dwarf Music. This installment highlights Bob’s 1981 tour. Not his best year, sure, but one that deserves its due. Bob Dylan :: Pretty Good Stuff | Ep. 12 00:00…

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Tarah Kikuchi :: Science EP

Tokyo based Tarah Kikuchi is by turns throwback and on-trend. His homespun recordings feel snug, warm and familiar. Songs like “Railgun Girl” reside in a sweet spot between Hosono and Demarco, but it’s when he ventures out from that place of comfort, sonically, on a track like “Veronica,” the results…

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Autumn Hymnal :: A Mixtape

“There is nothing so stable as change.” Who knows what Dylan had in mind here, but his characteristically enigmatic words are aptly applied to the times we find ourselves in. If spring brought the illusion of rebirth, and summer the hard truth of the long road ahead, in autumn we can…

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Rhyton :: Pharaonic Crosstalk

From all their references to archaic civilizations, you might expect Rhyton to make an especially pompous brand of progressive rock or symphonic black metal. (A rhyton, after all, is an animal-shaped drinking horn from the Bronze Age, which, let’s be honest, sounds metal as fuck.) But, actually, no small amount…

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Smoke Bellow :: Open For Business

Smoke Bellow—the Baltimore via Australia trio of Meredith McHugh, Christian J. Best, and Emmanuel Nicolaidis—make their Trouble in Mind debut with Open for Business, a glorious and endlessly rewarding entry into the forever refreshing catalogue of “post-punk.” The trio breathes new life into the idea with its creative and playful…

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Myriam Gendron :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview

There are some people, like me, who consider Myriam Gendron’s Not So Deep as a Well to be one of the finest albums of the 2010s. It’s been seven long years since the Montreal artist released her luminous collection of Dorothy Parker poems set to music, but the wait has…

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Pastor TL Barrett :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview

Fifty years ago, Pastor Thomas Lee Barrett, better known as T.L., went into The Sound Market Studio in Chicago with his Youth For Christ Choir and recorded a testimony of faith. The result: “Like a Ship … (Without a Sail),”  Barrett’s signature song, and a gospel album of the same…

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Videodrome :: Jammin’ The Blues (1944)

(Welcome to Videodrome. A recurring column plumbing the depths of vintage and contemporary cinema – from cult, exploitation, trash and grindhouse to sci-fi, horror, noir, documentary and beyond.) Produced underneath the guidance of Verve Records founder, Norman Granz, Jammin’ The Blues was released on May 5th, 1944. Granz’s objective was to…

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Mouth Painter :: Tropicale Moon

For their third release, Mouth Painter mold their high-lonesome exotica into a different kind Americana altogether, something more Kosimiche than cosmic. It’s the kind of music that might be playing on the jukebox in some Venusian honky-tonk. While the languid haze of Barry Walker’s pedal steel is certainly a touchstone…

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