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Savath and Savalas | La Llama

Stones Throw (2009)
As Prefuse 73, Guillermo Scott Herren has spent the past decade supplying the ambient scene with his impeccable blend of jazz and folk, a series of gentle psychedelic records that's accorded him a respected place alongside fellow one-man-band conceptualists Kieran Hebden and Ben Chasny.
By: GUSTAVO TURNER  |  July 07, 2009


Iggy Pop | Préliminaires

Astralwerks (2009)
Astralwerks (2009)
By: GUSTAVO TURNER  |  July 06, 2009


Minitel Rose | The French Machine

Futur (2009)
Not many people remember Bitter Moon , a fantastic, slept-on 1992 movie directed by Roman Polanski.
By: GUSTAVO TURNER  |  June 23, 2009


Lee Fields and the Expressions | My World

Truth and Soul (2009)
It's hard to dislike Lee Fields. He's an almost archetypal jobbing soul singer in the shouter/grunter/talker/improviser tradition of Otis Redding and James Brown, and he's currently undergoing something of a revival as a Sharon Jones collaborator and featured vocalist for Eurohouse hits.
By: GUSTAVO TURNER  |  June 16, 2009


Puracane | I've Been Here the Longest

Astraea (2009)
Released by San Francisco groove merchants Ubiquity almost a decade ago, Puracane's debut Things You Should Leave Alone was an interesting if oddly timed proposition.
By: GUSTAVO TURNER  |  June 09, 2009


Gesellschaft Zur Emanzipation Des Samples | Circulations

Faitiche (2009)
My friend Robbie and I once had a brilliant idea: we were going to put out a field-recording LP called Sounds of Guitar Center , 70 minutes of us walking around the monopolistic retailer with a microphone to capture the cacophony.
By: GUSTAVO TURNER  |  June 02, 2009


I Monster | A Dense Swarm of Ancient Stars

Twins of Evil (2009)
Twins of Evil (2009)
By: GUSTAVO TURNER  |  May 26, 2009


Various Artists | A Psychedelic Guide to Monsterism Island

Lo Recordings (2009)
Artist, graphic designer, and toy creator Pete Fowler has been instrumental in the rebranding operation the Super Furry Animals have effected on their homeland of Wales.
By: GUSTAVO TURNER  |  May 19, 2009


Harappian Night Recordings | The Glorious Gongs of Hainuwele

Bo'Weavil (2009)
The trappings of exotic field recordings are all over this mysterious production.
By: GUSTAVO TURNER  |  May 06, 2009


Mulatu Astatke and the Heliocentrics | Inspiration Information 3

Strut  (2009)
The idea behind the Strut label's Inspiration Information series is simple: pair "modern artists and producers with their musical heroes"
By: GUSTAVO TURNER  |  April 28, 2009


Westward ho!

The Phoenix survives Coachella
Forgot those rabid right-wingers with their hateful teabags — Coachella had the range, and the machinery for change, and the spiritual thirst. Oh and Leonard Cohen.
By: GUSTAVO TURNER  |  April 29, 2009


Various artists | Spiritual Jazz: Esoteric, Modal, and Deep Jazz from the Underground, 1968-1977

Jazzman (2009)
Apple-pie Mormon missionaries the Millers travel through Iran to spread the gospel of Joseph Smith among Muslims and Zoroastrians, and their kid discovers the glorious sound of the santur.
By: GUSTAVO TURNER  |  April 21, 2009


Bat for Lashes | Two Suns

Astralwerks (2009)
Natasha Khan became a sort of viral video sensation a couple of years ago with her inventive video for "What's a Girl To Do."
By: GUSTAVO TURNER  |  April 06, 2009


The Whitefield Brothers | In the Raw

Now-Again (2009)
Now-Again (2009)
By: GUSTAVO TURNER  |  March 30, 2009


Marianne Faithfull | Easy Come Easy Go

Decca (2009)
The CD cover is deceptively retro Sinatra: here's Marianne encased in a lady's tux in front of a vintage microphone with "Easy" twice on the title and the subtitle "12 Songs for Music Lovers."
By: GUSTAVO TURNER  |  March 23, 2009


Various Artists | Marvellous Boy: Calypso From West Africa

Honest Jon's (2009)
Honest Jon's (2009)
By: GUSTAVO TURNER  |  March 17, 2009


Marion Maerz | Burt Bacharach Songbook

Bureau B (2009)
Marion was a minor German pop star in the 1960s, one of a crowd of yé-yé girls who sprang up all over Europe as the ingénue counterparts to macho belters.
By: GUSTAVO TURNER  |  March 10, 2009


Various Artists | Boogaloo Pow Wow: Dancefloor Rendez-vous in Young Nuyorica

Honest Jon's (2009)
There's been a continuum of Latin music in the US for as long as there've been Latin musicians in the US — that is, pretty much since forever.
By: GUSTAVO TURNER  |  March 03, 2009


Yasuaki Shimizu, David Cunningham | One Hundred

Staubgold (2009)
Imagine the kind of free jazz that would have developed in an alternate universe where mainstream classical music was defined by Michael Nyman's soundtracks to Peter Greenaway movies.
By: GUSTAVO TURNER  |  February 24, 2009


Beirut | March of the Zapotecs | Realpeople | Holland

Pompeii/Revolver (2009)
Willed into existence when the commercial needs of the mid-20th-century record industry required something in the intermediate price point between a single and a then-pricy album, the lowly EP has developed into the musical equivalent of the novella.
By: GUSTAVO TURNER  |  February 18, 2009
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