Archive for the 'Sevens' Category

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

Swathed in an impenetrable fog of mystery and extremism, the Japanese group Les Rallizes Dénudés exist more as a myth than as a real band. But what is a real band anyways? Accounts of Rallizes live shows tell of overwhelming sensory experiences fueled by excesses of volume and light – musical performance so intense that […]

Monday, June 4th, 2012

(Sevens, a recurring feature on Aquarium Drunkard, pays tribute to the art of the individual song.) When recommending an album, or even just trying to describe one, people often tend to offer up a single, maybe direct others to a title track if there is one – whatever seems to best represent the record, where […]

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

(Sevens, a recurring feature on Aquarium Drunkard, pays tribute to the art of the individual song.) I’ve become obsessed with segues and album structure over the years. I appreciate, probably to excessive levels, a record that puts all of its parts together in a way that shows the strength of even the album’s weakest moments. […]

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

(Sevens, a recurring feature on Aquarium Drunkard, pays tribute to the art of the individual song.) The Roots’ Undun is a concept record – a man’s life told in reverse, starting with the flatlining of his heartbeat and working backward through his life. But it’s interesting that within that concept, the last song with lyrics, […]

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

(Sevens, a recurring feature on Aquarium Drunkard, pays tribute to the art of the individual song.) I’m not sure who you trust, but I hope it’s not a musician. Chalk Robert Pollard’s Guided By Voices up as the latest group to renege on their promise not to reunite, not to tour, and not to record […]

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

(Sevens, a recurring feature on Aquarium Drunkard, pays tribute to the art of the individual song.) Johnny Cash did it, and nearly turned it into a hymn. John Mayer did it, and sweetened the notes until it sounded like Paul Simon. The dance-punks in Electrelane and the power-punks in The Motorettes both tinseled it up […]

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

(Sevens, a recurring feature on Aquarium Drunkard, pays tribute to the art of the individual song.) There is an understood snarl to much of Alex Chilton’s latter work beginning with Big Star’s Third/Sister Lovers. While it was certainly detectable on the group’s first two LPs, it was in no way so pronounced…so visceral. “My Rival,” […]