Archive for the 'Sevens' Category

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

(Sevens, a recurring feature on Aquarium Drunkard, pays tribute to the art of the individual song.) Due to storage, or the lack thereof here in my L.A. abode, the majority of my vinyl collection resides back in the Southeast. Over the past few years I have been bringing it out west, piecemeal, to L.A., one […]

Sunday, January 18th, 2009

(Sevens, a recurring feature on Aquarium Drunkard, pays tribute to the art of the individual song.) Masterful songwriting often leads to reinvention. Sometimes a song so is so approachable, so adaptable, that to cover it almost feels like a duty. At their best, these interpretations have the ability to transcend just being a cover, but […]

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

(Sevens, a new feature on Aquarium Drunkard, pays tribute to the art of the individual song.) If icons of ’60s-era psychedelic rock were counted, Love probably wouldn’t be among them. Certainly, even casual music fans would recognize “Alone Again Or” and “Maybe the People Would Be the Times or Between Clark and Hilldale” (and to […]

Thursday, December 4th, 2008

(Sevens, a new feature on Aquarium Drunkard, pays tribute to the art of the individual song.) This song has been a go-to mix tape/cd staple for years. Similar to last month’s Sevens entry on David Bromberg’s “Sharon,” Rick Nelson’s “Garden Party” also tells a story, except, unlike Bromberg’s imaginary carnival tale, the events here are […]

Friday, November 7th, 2008

“And if California slides into the ocean, like the mystics and statistics say it will, I predict this motel will be standing until I pay my bill.” – Warren Zevon, Desperados Under The Eaves Some artists feel inextricably linked to specific locales. Can you imagine Lou Reed hailing from anywhere other that Manhattan, or the […]

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

(Sevens, a new feature on Aquarium Drunkard, pays tribute to the art of the individual song.) Some songs feel like a carnival. Some songs feel like a saloon. And some songs manage to convey both (yeah, I’m lookin’ at you Tom Waits). Yes, David Bromberg’s swaying “Sharon” is one such song. A loose and funky […]

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

(This concludes the Politiko series of Sevens: a feature on Aquarium Drunkard that pays tribute to the art of the individual song. Go vote.) Sam Cooke was astounded by Dylan’s “Blowin’ in the Wind.” Seriously. “Geez, a white boy writing a song like that,” Cooke commented. Though it wasn’t so much the lyrics that affected […]

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

(Sevens, a feature on Aquarium Drunkard, pays tribute to the art of the individual song. From now through the November 4th election, Sevens will focus on political songs) Protest songs and politically framed ballads are almost immediately associated with Vietnam-era musicians. Or maybe it’s that those musicians are almost immediately branded as subverters of a […]

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

(Sevens, a new feature on Aquarium Drunkard, pays tribute to the art of the individual song. From now through the election, Sevens will focus on political songs) November 2nd of this year will be the 25th anniversary of President Regan’s signing of the bill that officially made the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday a federal […]