Rachika Nayar: fragments

Sometimes things can seem so simple: an obvious melody, a limited amount of instrumentation, a lo-fi recording. And yet… Spending some time with Rachika Nayar’s short new collection of songs, fragments, allows the listener to discover new things with every listen. Recorded by herself in her bedroom, these eleven “sonic…

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Mitch Easter :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview

The relationship that R.E.M. had with the producers they chose to work with is vital to understanding the major stages in the band’s development. Scott Litt guided their evolution from college rock heroes to pop stars in the late ’80s and early ’90s. Pat McCarthy helped them absorb the blow…

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Dyke and the Blazers :: Uhh

Arlester “Dyke” Christian ended up in the desert because of a radio deejay. In 1964, Eddie O’Jay hired the Buffalo-based Carl LaRue and His Crew to back up his vocal group The O’Jays, which had moved to Phoenix, Arizona, from Buffalo. Christian played bass in LaRue’s crew, so he went…

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The Lagniappe Sessions :: Pachyman

Lagniappe (la ·gniappe) noun ‘lan-ˌyap,’ — 1. An extra or unexpected gift or benefit. 2. Something given or obtained as a gratuity or bonus. Pachyman, the one-man dub reggae project of Pachy Garcia, is not to be slept on. Born in San Juan, PR, and now residing in Los Angeles, Garcia’s…

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Ras Michael & The Sons Of Negus :: Love Thy Neighbour

Ras Michael and the Sons of Negus’ Love Thy Neighbour is perhaps the last great masterwork produced by Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry within the hallowed walls of his Black Ark studio. It is a testament to the uncompromising spiritual clarity of Ras Michael’s Nyabinghi mysticism, and to the dubwise delirium of…

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The Lagniappe Sessions :: Tobacco City

Lagniappe (la ·gniappe) noun ‘lan-ˌyap,’ — 1. An extra or unexpected gift or benefit. 2. Something given or obtained as a gratuity or bonus. Chicago’s Tobacco City first hit our radar a couple years back via “Blue Raspberry” b/w “Never on My Mind,” two languishing and incandescent country ballads. The band…

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Diversions :: Howlin Rain

Diversions, a recurring feature on Aquarium Drunkard, catches up with our favorite artists as they wax on subjects other than recording and performing. Ethan Miller says he intends his long-running rock & roll band Howlin Rain’s forthcoming sixth album The Dharma Wheel, out October 8 on Silver Current Records, to…

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The Aquarium Drunkard Picture Show

Weird times, strange signals. Reverberating from the hills of Glassell Park, CA, another half-hour canyon of sight and sound featuring the sonic vibrations of Jack Name, Orions Belte, Stereolab, L’Eclair, Galaxie 500, Babe Rainbow, Spencer Cullum and beyond. Welcome to episode eight of the Aquarium Drunkard Picture Show. produced by…

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Aquarium Drunkard Book Club :: Chapter Seven

Welcome back to the stacks. It’s Aquarium Drunkard’s Book Club, our recurring column of recent (or not so recent) recommended reading. Your librarians this month are Tyler Wilcox, Daniel Burke, Roz Milner, and Jason P. Woodbury. Always Crashing in the Same Car: On Art, Crisis, & Los Angeles, California, Matthew Specktor…

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