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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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Various Artists | Marvellous Boy: Calypso From West Africa

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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Review: Drew Brown | Tiago La Is Losing the Plot

Lex (2009)
You know how Brian Eno is supposed to have said something like, "Only 5000 people ever bought a Velvet Underground album, but every single one of them started a band"?
By: GUSTAVO TURNER  |  January 13, 2009

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Review: Mallu Magalhães

Vivo (2009)
Mallu Magalhães is a teenage girl from São Paulo who was raised on a steady diet of old Beatles, Dylan, and Johnny Cash records.
By: GUSTAVO TURNER  |  January 09, 2009


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Review: Angil & Hiddentracks - Oulipo Saliva

Chemikal Underground
Chemikal Underground
By: GUSTAVO TURNER  |  December 09, 2008

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The Fireman | Electric Arguments

MPL/ATO (2008)
This peculiar collaboration between Paul McCartney and electronic producer Youth has now lasted some five years longer than his decade each with the Beatles and Wings.
By: GUSTAVO TURNER  |  November 24, 2008



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Stomu Yamash’ta | Floating Music; Freedom Is Fighting; The Man From The East; One By One; Raindog

Esoteric (2008)
For a sample of Yamash’ta’s impressive range, the tranquil Floating Music (1972) and the car-racing-inspired One by One (1974) are good entry points for this often neglected performer and composer.
By: GUSTAVO TURNER  |  November 18, 2008

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Momus | Joemus

American Patchwork/Darla (2008)
Since the 1980s, Momus has been the recording guise of Scotsman bon vivant Nick Currie, a man of many masks and endless curiosity.
By: GUSTAVO TURNER  |  November 11, 2008

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The BBC Radiophonic Workshop | BBC Radiophonic Music & The Radiophonic Workshop

Mute (2008)
First released in 1971 and 1975, these reissued Workshop compilations provide a neat summation of the outfit’s heyday.
By: GUSTAVO TURNER  |  November 07, 2008

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Ike & Tina Turner | Sing The Blues

Acrobat (2008)
It’s unclear what love — or hate — has got to do with superior music, but chances are you’ll be spinning this long after you’ve forgotten your copy of “Private Dancer.”  
By: GUSTAVO TURNER  |  October 29, 2008

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Various Artists | Tom Feminino/Tom Masculino

Universal (2008)
These two compilations of female and male singers addressing the Jobim songbook span five decades of idiosyncratic interpretations by a galaxy of mostly Brazilian stars.  
By: GUSTAVO TURNER  |  October 22, 2008



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Bob Dylan Unboxed

Everything you wanted to know about Tell-Tale Signs but were afraid to buy
This October, Columbia Records is releasing Tell-Tale Signs: Rare and Unreleased 1989-2006 , a collection of recordings by Bob Dylan that are different from recordings issued on the seven studio albums he released in that period.  
By: GUSTAVO TURNER  |  October 15, 2008

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MF Doom & Madlib | Madvillainy 2

Stones Throw (2008)
Madvillainy 2, not the much expected follow-up to the groundbreaking Madlib + Doom 2004 collaboration but a radical remix of the original album.  
By: GUSTAVO TURNER  |  October 15, 2008

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Jobriath | Jobriath + Creatures Of The Street

 Collectors’ Choice (2008)
Jobriath was all the things the early Bowie either wanted or pretended to be: all-American, a bona fide musical-theater performer, and unabashedly gay.  
By: GUSTAVO TURNER  |  November 07, 2008

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Koushik | Out My Window

Stones Throw (2008)
Although unshy about his background, he’s a subtle arranger, reluctant to play the Bollywood card (there’s not even a teaspoon of Asha).
By: GUSTAVO TURNER  |  September 23, 2008

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Lalo Schifrin

Mannix | Collectors’ Choice
The “rare beat” crowd has been clamoring for a re-release of this source of funky samples.
By: GUSTAVO TURNER  |  September 16, 2008


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