The Beach Boys’ Christmas Album

By the time The Beach Boys appeared on ABC’s variety series Shindig! on December 23rd, 1964, they were one of the biggest American bands in the world. Since the release of their 1962 debut album Surfin’ Safari, the Hawthorne, CA pop group had been on a meteoric rise with an…

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Aquarium Drunkard :: 2021 Year In Review

Here it is: our Year In Review 2021. Unranked and sprawling as always. A guide to the music that stuck with us throughout another strange year. Thanks for riding through with us. As we enter 2022, here’s a survey of AD’s recurring cultural offerings: Each Wednesday night on Sirius/XMU channel…

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Radiohead :: Kid A Mnesia

Metamorphosis distorts. In hindsight, the most transformative events only come to seem more unlikely. How could an album like Kid A make its way to the top of the transatlantic charts, in this life or any other? From the vantage of 2021, it seems like a cosmic joke. We can…

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Emil Amos :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview

By his own admission Emil Amos is a workaholic. Holy Sons, his singer-songwriter project that has been active since the late nineties, boasts a bottomless catalogue that runs the gamut from drug-damaged lo-fi artifacts to lush and ambitious records like his last, 2020’s Raw and Disfigured. Then there’s the primeval…

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Videodrome :: Urgh! A Music War

(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.) Released in May 1982, Urgh! A Music War is one of the most salient artifacts from the musical movement that would later be…

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Hand Habits :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview

Even if you don’t know Hand Habits, you’re likely to have heard Meg Duffy playing guitar. The artist has played guitar in Kevin Morby’s band, sits in with Perfume Genius, and, on a more occasional basis, has lent their skills to Sylvan Esso, the War on Drugs, Mega Bog and…

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Happy Thanksgiving :: Doug Sahm And Friends – Austin, TX 1972

Tradition runs rampant around Thanksgiving: generations of old recipes, football, Alice’s Restaurant, The Last Waltz, and, of course, a parade of balloons shutting down NYC. What else do you need? If you thought you were covered in the Thanksgiving tradition department, we did too…until a few years ago, when someone…

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Feast of Smoke :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview

On the self-titled from Feast of Smoke, husband and wife Paul and Amber Oldham wrap their voices together over stripped down guitars, trading noir haze and cryptic lyrics. Best known for his work as an producer, engineer, and his many collaborations with his brother Bonnie “Prince” Billy (including mastering work…

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Radio Free Aquarium Drunkard :: November 2021

Drifting outward and outward. Radio Free Aquarium Drunkard on dublab returns for its regular third Sunday broadcast. Four hours of freeform radio from the RFAD crew on November 21 from 4-8 PM Pacific. In hour one, a special set of heaters selected by AD founder Justin Gage. In hour two, Jason Woodbury and Michael…

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