Ghana / Nigeria / Jamaica / Senegal & beyond. More freeform interstitial airwave debris transmitting somewhere off the coast of Los Angeles. This is transmission fifteen.

Direct download, below. The first fourteen transmissions can be found and downloaded, here.

MP3: Sidecar: Transmission / 15

Mor Thiam – Ayo Ayo Nene
Fela Kuti – Lover
Ebo Taylor & Uhuru-Yenzu – Love And Death
The Reggae Boys – Selassie
Willie Dickson & The Playboys – Lickin’ Stick
The Fabulous Three – Django’s Soul
Ofo and The Black Company – Allah Wakbar
The Dutch Rhythm, Steel & Showband – Down By The River

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This clip, from an NBC special on connection with the release of the 15 Big Ones album, featuring the Beach Boys singing “live” with the Alexander Hamilton Double Rock Baptist Choir, is eyebrow-raising for many reasons, most obviously Brian’s physical appearance as he was clearly struggling with health issues connected to his “prescribed” public re-emergence from the reclusive lifestyle he adopted in the late 60s and early 70s following his retreat from live performance. The marketing tagline for album was “Brian Is Back!”, which arguably didn’t ring fully true until fairly recently; nevertheless, it’s a treat to see him and the rest of the band (including Mike Love in full-on TM turban mode) in this setting, complete with obvious lip-synching and the haphazard editing job (watch the piano play itself at 2:50). Dated? Yes. An improbable combination? Perhaps, but like the Grateful Dead, whose name carries a heavy stigma to the uninitiated, the Beach Boys (especially the post-1970) consistently struggled to re-define themselves beyond the trappings of their original incarnation (hot rods, teenage love, surfing, etc) while managing to deliver some of the most soulful, spiritual music of their time. Surf’s up!  words / r wilson

Robert-Mapplethorpe-in-front-of-his-cover-for-Patti-Smith’s-Horses-c.-1975The second disc of Patti Smith’s 2002 compilation, Land (1975-2002), is comprised mostly of live recordings and a handful of outtakes. However, sitting side by side are two beautiful demos – both of which are a must-hear for Patti enthusiasts, or really anyone interested in her saga-oriented, meticulously crafted, art-rock.

First up is a demo of “Redondo Beach,” found on Smith’s masterpiece 1975 debut, Horses. The demo differs most noticeably from the studio version in that the drums are absent, allowing the reggae inspired organ and bass-line to really shine through as Patti recites the tragic and hypnotic story of a lover’s suicide. The near-tropical party vibes of the instrumentation, coupled with Patti’s vocal delivery, somehow both deadpan and heartfelt, play off the grave nature of the lyrics in a way that is mesmerizing and, in the best possible way, unsettling.

The second demo is of “Distant Fingers”, a track originally found on Smith’s 1976 lp, Radio Ethiopia. A bewitching plea of desperation, the narrator longs to be taken away from a dream-shattering Earth, and into her lover’s space-bound ship – arguably one of the more affecting alien metaphors ever committed to tape. Whereas the demo possesses a similar cadence to that of “Redondo Beach”, the studio version emits an industrial, almost dubby bass groove, with bursts of shimmering electric guitar, not unlike something you’d hear on an Eno or Gary Numan record of the era…though Lenny Kaye’s guitar lines ascend into something entirely more ablaze. The demo is heavier on the organ, a deep, resounding reggae groove. The bass-line, here, while still dub-oriented, intertwines with the organ into an almost hypnotic drone. As guitar tweaks and shrieks, Smith delivers her spoken word poetry over this sonic wave of energy, while we, the listener, feel as though we are floating out into the orbit while Patti despairs, restlessly, on Earth. words / c depasquale

Patti Smith :: Redondo Beach (Demo)
Patti Smith :: Distant Fingers (Demo)


One thing fans of Chicago-based Drag City Records have always hoped for was a full-album collaboration by their two all-star players, Will Oldham and David Berman.  To this date, that has yet to happen. However, this rare 7”, Silver Palace – Mr. Jews, released in 2005 and limited to 500 copies on Drag City/Sea Note Records, attempts to resolve any remaining inquests surrounding this topic. What follows are some tough questions given straightforward answers by the artists themselves…sort of.   words p dufrene

Silver Palace :: Will Oldham Speaks His Peace
Silver Palace :: Dave Berman Tells His Side Of The Story


Diversions, a recurring feature on Aquarium Drunkard, catches up with our favorite artists as they wax on subjects other than recording and performing.

As the guitarist for post punk legends Mission of Burma, Roger Miller has played in some pretty crazy locales over the years, but he has never before boarded an airplane intent on playing in a divided country balancing the tensions behind a potential outbreak of civil war. What had before been an expected week of exciting performances with Alloy Orchestra (in which Miller plays keyboards) was now filled with curiosity as to how the people of the Ukraine were reacting to these developments, and what would it mean for the band and the concerts? There was only one way to find out, so he took his seat on the plane to Kiev and wondered what lay ahead… Part one can be found, HERE.


It’s always a trip to hear a cover that takes a piece of music and flips it on it’s head. In addition to countless original compositions, 70s folksong seamstress Melanie is no stranger to the art of a finely crafted cover…giving them not only a fresh tone and perspective, but at times a completely different story. Here, the stalwart British monotone of a young Mick Jagger is replaced by an anxious-sounding quiver of a voice leading up to a wailing symphony of a chorus. Calm contrasts orchestrated calamity in this rousing rendition, from haunting, quiet meditations of loss, to the passionate awareness of the solace of setting someone free.  words / p dufrene

Melanie :: Ruby Tuesday

Our weekly two hour show on SIRIUS/XMU, channel 35, can be heard twice every Friday – Noon EST with an encore broadcast at Midnight EST. Our compadres Twin Peaks guest host the first hour and a half of the show today. Pick up their new full-length, Wild Onion, here.

SIRIUS 351: Jean Michel Bernard – Générique Stephane  ++ Twin Peaks – Stand In The Sand ++ No Thing On Me — Curtis Mayfield ++ Girl Friend — Modern Lovers ++ No Regrets — King Khan And The Shrines ++ Night Starvation — Cleaners From Venus ++ Vicious — Lou Reed ++ Whos Heart Is Yours Now — Ne Hi ++ Our Love Will Still Be There – The Troggs ++ Do You Love Me — The Sonics ++ What Do I Get — The Buzzcocks ++ Born A Man – Bee Gees ++ Pulled Up — Talking Heads ++ Why Cant You — Todays Hits ++ Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You — Bob Dylan ++ The Drawback — Warsaw ++ Im Not Down — The Clash ++ Crackin Up — Bo Diddly ++ End Of The Season — The Kinks ++ Hey Little Girl — The Dead Boys ++ I’m Your Man — Richard Hell And The Voidoids ++ I’ll Keep It With Mine — Nico ++ Apple Scruffs — George Harrison ++ Hold On — Twin Peaks ++ Eyesore — Women ++ Kanti Dadum — Spike ++ Im Set Free — Velvet Underground ++ Sweet Thing — Van Morrison ++ Parquet Courts – Instant Disassembly ++ Pavement – Perfume 2 ++ The Fall – The Classical ++ Pavement – Unfair ++ Deerhunter – Rainwater Cassette Exchange ++ Women – Black Rice ++ Ought – Pleasant Heart ++ Jeans Wilder – Sparkler ++ Jan Hammer Group – Don’t You Know ++ Talking Heads – Love For Sale

*You can listen, for free, online with the SIRIUS three day trial — just submit an email address and they will send you a password.

eddie rayIf you’ve yet to check out our Blue August Moon mixtape, you can remedy that, here. Setting the vibe early on is Eddie Ray’s haunting and transcendent “You Are Mine.” Carried only by guitar, congas and Eddie’s deep, raspy and, at times, tortured voice, the song speaks volumes for the everlasting notion that less is more.

Featured on Numero Group’s 2007 compilation Eccentric Soul: The Prix Label, showcasing the lost gems and almost hits of the Columbus-based soul label, the track (actually considered an unfinished composition) takes a backseat in the spotlight of Ray’s contributions to the far more produced and show-stopping “Wait a Minute,” a confident, powerful funk groove, equally deserving of its due. Ray sails through that tune with a much smoother and softer vocal delivery, and you might be hard pressed to believe it’s the same voice on both tracks.

But on “You Are Mine,” he sings low, in an almost foreign inflection, and the tune’s spooky, minimal production gives the whole affair a sense of ghostly otherworldliness, far from the flashy funk strut of the former. It’s this one that delivers the chills; the down-tempo beat, the spectral reverb of the guitar, the distant, almost fading taps of the congas, the growling, hurting voice, an unfinished song…  words / c depasquale

Eddie Ray :: You Are Mine

UK Surf

In the United Kingdom of the early 70s, the rock scene wasn’t all about the pillaging of the blues and progressive rock excess. Outside of the hustle and bustle of London, musicians cooped themselves in cottages on the country side attempting to emulate what was coming from the west coast of America at the time. Their American dream sound conglomerated the pristine songwriting of the Laurel Canyon crew, the wandering jams of the Grateful Dead and maybe a little bit of the down home groove of The Band. The English twist they spun on their abstract visions of open plains, good ole times and desert nights was nothing short of confounding. Want some evidence? Grab some wood – we got twelve tracks to prove our point. words / t rettman

A Salute To The All Electric Fur Trapper :: A Mixtape

Help Yourself – Brown Lady
Starry Eyed & Laughing – Going Down
Cochise – Lost Hearts
Sutherland Brothers & Quiver – Flying Down To Rio
Mighty Baby – The Happiest Man in The Carnival
Ashman Reynolds – Come Right In
Keith Cross & Peter Ross – The Dead Salute
Ernie Graham – The Girl That Turned The Lever
Jimmy Campbell – Green Eyed American Actress
Formerly Fat Harry – My Friend Was A Pusher
Quicksand – Empty Street, Empty Heart
Brinsley Schwarz – Surrender to the Rhythm

Aquarium Drunkard Mixtape Archives: HERE