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Review: Monty Python's Flying Circus: 30 Musical Masterpieces from the Infamous Television Series

DeWolfe (2009)
Such is the legendary status and posthumous influence of the original run of Monty Python's Flying Circus on BBC One in the early '70s that it's easy to forget how low-budget British comedy production was in those days.
By: GUSTAVO TURNER  |  August 25, 2009


Adrian Soiza and Dani Umpi | Dramatica

Los Años Luz (2009)
Uruguay, a small nation often shadowed by neighbors Argentina and Brazil, is home to a thriving music scene that has produced some of the best performers and composers of the "southern cone" of South America.
By: GUSTAVO TURNER  |  August 19, 2009


Our Don Drapers, Ourselves

The Mad Men mystique
This Sunday is the premiere of the third season of Mad Men (AMC, 10 pm), the Emmy-winning show that made fans of good television have to figure out where AMC was on their basic-cable schedules.
By: GUSTAVO TURNER  |  August 12, 2009


Review: Buffy Sainte-Marie | Running for the Drum

Appleseed (2009)
Recent live appearances by Buffy Sainte-Marie show her, once again, setting herself apart from early colleagues like Joan Baez and Judy Collins.
By: GUSTAVO TURNER  |  August 10, 2009


Review: Speech Debelle | Speech Therapy

Big Dada (2009)
It's unfortunate that there's a glass ceiling in the US market for British hip-hop — but for the lovely, clipped London accent that gives truth to Speech Debelle's delivery, this release would be huge stateside.
By: GUSTAVO TURNER  |  August 03, 2009


Various Artists | Comfusões

Out/Here (2009)
The Portuguese pun on this compilation's title suggests both "confusions" and "with fusions."
By: GUSTAVO TURNER  |  July 29, 2009


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

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