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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 […]

Catching Up With The Growlers :: The AD Interview

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

The Growlers’ music that has trickled out over the past few years is scrappy, sloppy, and immediate. They call it “beach goth” — lo-fi surf rock with a country backbeat. On tape the music sounds chill, but in concert it achieves a frenzying effect; a surprisingly tight and no nonsense live show helmed by the devil-may-care […]

Levon Helm :: May 26, 1940 – April 19, 2012

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

From the release of his 2007 comeback record, Dirt Farmer, up until the final moments of his life, Levon Helm seemed impervious to death. It’s not that he looked invincible, necessarily, or that he was suddenly filled with an inordinate amount of vitality. But as he neared his end, Helm carried himself with the same […]

Futurebirds :: Aquarium Drunkard Session

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

Tomorrow, during the second hour of the SIRIUS show, I am airing the AD session Futurebirds laid down in September at Red Rockets Glare Studios while touring out west. For those sans satelllite radio, check out the band, below, stretching out on five tracks culled from their Autumn Tone full-length, Hampton’s Lullaby. The band is […]

Wilco (The Near Miss)

Saturday, July 11th, 2009

(Several months ago Jeff Leven, whose byline you’ll recognize if you’re a Paste reader, and I were discussing music and that of young fandom.  Leven told me a great story, from his college days in the ’90s, related to Wilco, the power of an album, meeting your idols…and the days of fax machines.  With ‘Wilco […]

Calexico (Joey Burns) :: The AD Interview

Monday, September 1st, 2008

Now a decade into their career, Tucson’s Calexico continue to cull their sound from the surrounding deserts. Just as their name implies, that sound is equally rooted in California and Mexico – border-hopping back and forth – absorbing whichever styles that happen to be pulled in by their ever-widening wake. 2006’s Garden Ruin was greeted […]

Over The Rhine :: The AD Interview

Tuesday, August 12th, 2008

…and now, even more coverage from last week’s Newport Folk Festival. Prior to their performance, AD sat down and caught up with Over The Rhine’s Linford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist. Among other things, they give a shout out to, literally, my favorite burger in the U.S. Aquarium Drunkard: You named the band after your neighborhood […]