Archive for the 'Sevens' Category

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,” […]

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

(Sevens, a recurring feature on Aquarium Drunkard, pays tribute to the art of the individual song.) There’s a moment in Sleater-Kinney’s “Modern Girl” where the music and lyrics begin to meld in ways rarely seen in popular music. But it relies on a lyrical thread that builds from the song’s opening. The song’s melodic, sing-songy […]

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

(Sevens, a recurring feature on Aquarium Drunkard, pays tribute to the art of the individual song.) In January of 2006, Will Oldham, under his working guise of Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, released a collaborative ten track covers album with the comparatively abrasive post-rock quintet Tortoise. They called it The Brave And The Bold. I loved the […]

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

(Sevens, a recurring feature on Aquarium Drunkard, pays tribute to the art of the individual song.) The muse that is ‘Summer’s end’ has long served as an allegory for countless pieces of prose, poetry and, of course, song. From the Beach Boys to Don Henley (“Boys of Summer,” anyone?), the bittersweet transition from the warm, […]

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

(Sevens, a recurring feature on Aquarium Drunkard, pays tribute to the art of the individual song.) The shifting landscape of commercial music has forced the industry to reconsider how to best deliver its music to an audience. It has also, inadvertently, breathed new life into songs and artists that were past their heyday. Nick Drake’s […]

Monday, May 31st, 2010

(Sevens, a recurring feature on Aquarium Drunkard, pays tribute to the art of the individual song.) AD is spending the month of May looking at some one-hitters from the 90s; an age rife with overlooked “alternative” gems from the days of 120 Minutes and the just below-the-surface power-pop scene that was bursting with great music. […]