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The Lagniappe Sessions : Lee Baggett : Aquarium Drunkard

Lee Baggett's Just a Minute, released earlier this year, marks his first outing under his own name after decades in the West Coast underground. For his first-ever Lagniappe Session, he breaks out selections from Def Leppard, The English Beat, and Van Halen, reflecting on the cuts as he goes along.

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Aquarium Drunkard : Mailbag : Aquarium Drunkard

Long time reader, first time caller? Welcome to Mailbag, our new monthly column in which we dig in and respond to your questions. Got a query? Hit us up at aqdmailbag@gmail.com. We're gonna keep it loose!

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The Mistakes Make It Interesting : A Conversation With Kurt Wagner of Lambchop : Aquarium Drunkard

Kurt Wagner of Lambchop speaks with Al Riggs about the band's 16th album, The Bible.

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Chrome Universal: A Survey of Modern Pedal Steel : Aquarium Drunkard

The eleventh installment of Tompkins Square’s routinely superb Imaginational Anthem series, Chrome Universal parts company with the 6 and 12-string territory and delves into some the ever-expanding sonic universe of pedal steel guitar. It’s a beautiful and complex instrument that’s seen a renaissance over the last few years, making its way out of the honky-tonk and charting a course toward a new light of day somewhere between earth and space.

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The Aquarium Drunkard Show: SIRIUS/XMU (7pm PDT, Channel 35) : Aquarium Drunkard

Join me in L.A. Via satellite, transmitting from northeast Los Angeles — the Aquarium Drunkard Show on SIRIUS/XMU, channel 35. 7pm California time, Wednesdays. 34.1090° N, 118.2334° W

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Transmissions : Medicine Singers : Aquarium Drunkard

This week on the show, Daryl Black Eagle Jamieson and guitarist Yonatan Gat join us to discuss their collaborative work as Medicine Singers, which pairs the powwow drum and the voices of the Eastern Medicine Singers with Yonatan’s electrified guitar and contributions from experimental composer Joe Rainey, Ikue Mori of DNA, Thor Harris of Swans, previous Transmissions guest Laraaji, and the late jamie branch. Jamieson and Gat join us to discuss their collaboration.

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Marc Emory : Listening Music / Anfang : Aquarium Drunkard

Ready to slide into autumn? If so, this should help: Marc Emory’s Listening Music / Anfang. Originally self-released in 1974, and resurrected last month via Scissor Tail Records, the mostly instrumental affair finds Emory handling all the guitars/vox. An obvious grip for devotees of William Ackerman’s Windham Hill and the greater Takoma family, the reissue is being limited to 200 copies in keeping with the spirit of the amount pressed for the original ’74 release. The skilled 12-string fingerpicking is perhaps the main draw, but don't skip the vocal numbers, with Emory finding a fully-hazed If I Could Only Remember My Name / Gary Higgins sweet spot.

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Dark Canyon : S/T : Aquarium Drunkard

Dark Canyon captures an eclectic mix of outlaw sounds that could have easily fallen out of a Sergio Leone film. The careful consideration of composition and sonic aestheticism is an omnipresent hallmark of Dark Canyon, which combines retro-infused production and filmic songwriting to create a stereophonic homage to the grainy landscapes of the wild west.

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Lou Reed : Words & Music, May 1965 : Aquarium Drunkard

Listening to this phenomenal collection of Velvet Underground prehistory, it’s fairly mind-boggling how fast Lou Reed and John Cale moved in the earliest stages of their creative partnership. Less than a year after these acoustic demos were made, the pair were in the studio recording the epochal Velvet Underground & Nico — an LP whose reverberations are still being felt today.

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Jaimie Branch : Fly Or Die : Aquarium Drunkard

Blending jazz, folk, drone, and electronic music in an improvisational fashion, Branch and her group -- which includes drummer Chad Taylor, bassist Jason Ajemian, cellist Tomeka Reid, and guests -- operate with avant-garde curiosity and thrilling, spontaneous energy.