Unearthed, Vol. 18 :: 1992 Blend

A kind of prequel to a previous 90s-centric Unearthed mix, 1992 Blend takes us on a kaleidoscopic trip through what they used to call “Alternative Rock” (Or College Rock? Or Indie Rock?) via a selection of dusty-but-dynamic live tapes. This stuff may be 30 years old now, but in many…

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Balkans :: Balkans (2011)

I’ve always thought Kings of Leon earning the title of “the Southern Strokes” was a crock. Sure, the Followgill siblings share a few musical traits with the deadpan NYC quintet, but as The Guardian’s Niall Doherty put it recently “a more accurate description might be the Cattle-ranch Coldplay.”  If any…

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Radio Free Aquarium Drunkard on Dublab :: March 2022

Transmitting from a ghost station on the other side of Saturn, it’s Radio Free Aquarium Drunkard on dublab, a four-hour freeform excursion airing every third Sunday of the month. In hour one, New Happy Gathering with Chad DePasquale, a cartographic sojourn through psychedelic cumbia, Singaporean pop, Bahamian dance, Senegalese highlife, Brazilian art-rock, Greek…

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Aquarium Drunkard Book Club :: Chapter 14

Welcome back to the stacks. It’s Aquarium Drunkard’s Book Club, our monthly gathering of recent (or not so recent) recommended reading. Your librarians this month are Tyler Wilcox, Justin Gage, Kyle Fortinsky, Jarrod Annis and Jason P. Woodbury. Where The Wild Gigs Were, Tim Hinely & Friends: From the 40 Watt…

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Radio Free Aquarium Drunkard :: February 2022

Transmitting from the far side of the moon, it’s Radio Free Aquarium Drunkard on dublab, a four-hour freeform excursion airing every third Sunday of the month. In hour one, New Happy Gathering with Chad DePasquale, an offering of lovesick soul, psychedelic spirituals, moonlit doo-wop, and West African pop—a belated valentine wish equal…

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Michael Hurley :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview

With a career that stretches back to his 1964 glistening debut on Folkways, Michael Hurley has continued to churn out wholly singular albums of interstellar country blues, scattered across decades and labels. Released in December just prior to his 80th birthday, his latest (and first for No Quarter) The Time…

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Nora Guthrie :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview

Woody Guthrie said, “A folk song is what’s wrong and how to fix it.” And when you find Woody at the right time in life, his songs are as good as marching orders. In an instant, there is a pasture of plenty to explore, a freight train to hop, a…

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Agitation Free :: ORTF Studio, Paris 1973

Aufmerksamkeit! Rare footage of experimental krautrock travelers Agitation Free, captured via the French television program Rock en Stock in the summer of 1973. Shot in black & white, sixteen minutes of sweaty, glassy-eyed improvisation riffing on “Laila II” off the band’s sophomore album, 2nd. Go off. Only the good shit.…

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The Scorpions & Saif Abu Bakr :: Nile Waves

The Scorpions & Saif Abu Bakr’s Jazz, Jazz, Jazz. Originally released in 1980, and reissued in 2018 as the ninth installment of Habibi Funk’s brilliant excavation of Arabic music, the Sudanese jazz band ably dips into psychedelic rock, dance music and funk, employing brass, synths, and traditional rhythms to vibrant effect. Slithering and dangerously…

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Garcia Peoples :: Dodging Dues

Garcia Peoples have earned a reputation as one of the leading lights of the neo-jam scene—kicking off an album with a half-hour cosmic odyssey will do that. But the band is just as adept at stretching out as they are at keeping things (relatively) concise and focused. Dodging Dues (their…

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