Ears We Trust: Justin Gage of Aquarium Drunkard

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Based in Los Angeles, Gage is the founder of Autumn Tone Records and the influential music blog Aquarium Drunkard.

He is also the host and program director for the weekly Aquarium Drunkard Show on Sirius XMU. Here’s what he’s listening to and loving.

Susan Christie: Paint A Lady (Finders Keepers)
Psychedelic folk jams from 1970. Out of print for years, like Karen Dalton, but one can now draw a straight line from Christie to the likes of Joanna Newsom.

Pylon: Gyrate and Chomp (DFA)
Wayyyy ahead of their time. Kudos to DFA for reissuing Athens, Ga.’s post-punk trailblazers.

Harlem: Hippies (Matador)
Beautifully unhinged, Lenny Kaye-approved blasts of Texas garage rock.

Robert Pollard/Boston: Spaceships, We All Got Out Of The Army and The Planets Are Blasted (GBV, Inc)
A late-career comeback if ever there was one. Detractors take note.

Link Wray: Link Wray (Hip-O Select)
Make no mistake, this 1971 record is not Wray in instrumental surf-guitar mode. Here the man handles all the vocals, belting out greasy, back-porch rock ‘n’ roll gospel-blues.