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Newport Folk Festival, Aug 2008 :: Saturday Preview

Sunday, July 20th, 2008

As we mentioned yesterday, Aquarium Drunkard will be stomping around Fort Adams State Park next month, taking in the Newport Folk Festival. Following the obvious night-show of Brian Wilson, Kate Taylor, and Willy Mason on Friday night, here’s a quick preview of who we’ll be checking out on Saturday. If you’re going, drop us a […]

Newport Folk Festival :: August 2008

Saturday, July 19th, 2008

Aquarium Drunkard is nothing if not fans of pop music’s twisting and shaking history. While some may point towards Woodstock as the most important music festival in the history of our young country, one could make a very, very strong case for the early 60’s incantations of the Newport Folk Festival. It was Newport, after […]

Harold J. “Suni” McGrath :: In Memory

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

Recently, Josh Rosenthal, proprietor of Tompkins Square and author of Record Store of the Mind, reached out to us with news that acoustic guitarist Suni McGrath had passed. Introduced to many by the Imaginational Anthem, the acoustic guitarist’s work is treasured by guitar soli aficionados. Rosenthal, with a remembrance in his own words, below… __________________________________________________________________________________ […]

Hail, Hail: Belly and the making of King

Sunday, February 14th, 2016

Together for barely four years, Belly, the Rhode Island band made-up of Tanya Donelly, Gail Greenwood, and brothers Tom and Chris Gorman, managed an unexpected amount of success during a period in the early ‘90s when music that often had little in common was sold in very large quantities, under the catch-all term “alternative.” And […]

Gems From The Jazz Vault :: Miles Davis, Wes Montgomery & Duke Ellington

Friday, July 24th, 2015

Some recent, recommended archival releases of (mostly) unreleased material from some jazz giants.  It’d take a whole lot more than four discs to sum up what Miles Davis was up to onstage from 1955-1975. But the trumpeter’s latest Bootleg Series manages to give a solid overview, collecting performances given under the auspices of the Newport Jazz […]

J.B. Smith :: No More Good Time In the World For Me

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

…King David was, in the Bible, he used to made his psalms from the stars and so forth and he wrote so many songs, you know. With a little talent and surrounding I think it’s kinda easy done.” — J.B. Smith on composition. 50 years ago, archivist Bruce Jackson first went to Ramsey State Farm […]

Bob Dylan: Blood On The Tracks – The New York Sessions

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

‘Eventually I would record an entire album based on Chekhov short stories—critics thought it was autobiographical…’ Chronicles: Volume I Meet Me in the Morning (Early Take) The bloodletting began, fittingly, in a red notebook. Estranged from his wife at the time, living on a farm in Minnesota with his kids and his new girlfriend, he started […]